Thurston Woodrow Ralph, 94, Kidron, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, at his home after a period of declining health.
Thurston was born Oct. 21, 1918, in Belle Valley, to the late Miles and Leota Ralph, and was a WWII Marine Corps veteran, having fought at Iwo Jima and was awarded a Purple Heart.
He was in the grocery business most of his life, working in his father's grocery store in Belle Valley, several chain grocery stores and the IGA store in Walnut Creek from 1963-76. He also operated the Charm Restaurant for several years.
He was a member of St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Marshallville and the Masonic Lodge, where he had received his 50 year pin.
Surviving are his wife, Betty; sons George (Ardyth) Ralph of Logan and Thomas Ralph of Saylorsbury, Pa.; twin daughters, Rebecca Shilling of Massillon and Rachel Baughman of Penfield, N.Y.; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; his mother-in-law, Irene Raber of Walnut Creek; sisters-in-law, Marlene (Mike) Yoder of Millersburg and Karen (Don) Yoder of Berlin.
Memorial services are today (Thursday, Nov. 15) at noon at St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Marshallville, with pastor John Corsi officiating. Private burial will be in Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman.
Arrangements are being handled by Spidell Funeral Home in Mount Eaton.
The family would like to thank the staff of Walnut Hills Nursing Home and Crossroads Hospice for all of their care during Thurston's illness.
Memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Hospice, 3743 Boettler Oaks Drive, Suite E., Green 44685.