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David Lee Ralph, age 80, of rural Sheridan, passed away Saturday, April 17, 2010 at his home under the loving care of his family and Carson Home Health Care.

The son of Karl J. & Mildred Pearl (Dickinson) Ralph, he was born on Dec. 15, 1929 on the family homestead in Bushnell Township.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, he was stationed in Japan during the Korean War and was a lifetime member of the Lester J. Sitts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5065 in Sheridan.

David was an avid hunter and fisherman, enjoyed flying model airplanes, and had attended both the Vickeryville United Methodist Church and more recently the Crystal Lake Community Church. On Sept. 27, 1986 he married the former Ruth Ann Gillman. He retired from the Michigan Department of Corrections after 32 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mildred Ralph; and a step-son, Harvey Houseman.

Surviving are his wife of 23 years, Ruth Ann Ralph of Sheridan; his father, Karl Ralph; his children, Brenda & Ken Gillman, Cheryl & Robert Dobson, Larry & Debbie Ralph, Mark & Leah Ralph, and Tom Ralph. He was a second father to Janet & Lynn Payne, JoAnn Sally Houseman, Larry & Tammy Houseman, Debra Austin, Vivian Ridgeway, and Leora Bain. Also surviving are a sister Sharon & Gene Byers; his childrens mother, Margery (Harrington) Ralph; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service celebrating Davids life will be at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 23, 2010 at the Crystal Lake Community Church, 122 S. Main Street, Crystal, with the Rev. Stephen Mowat officiating and military honors rendered by the Lester J. Sitts VFW Post 5065. A time of food and fellowship will follow.

Instead of flowers, Dave would have appreciated contributions in his memory to the Crystal Lake Community Church. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Daves online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

The Christiansen Funeral Home & Cremation Center, honored provider of Veterans Funeral Care, is entrusted with the arrangements.


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  1. Anonymous on April 17, 2010 at 12:00 am


    04/24/2010 –

    Cindy (Fancett) Plaunt

    I am so sorry for your great loss. Please except my deepest condolences.

    04/23/2010 –

    Debra Austin

    We will miss you dad hugs.

    04/23/2010 –

    Jenifer Preston

    I’m so sorry for your loss, my deepest condolences, to all of you.

    04/22/2010 –

    rosie combs

    my thoughts and prayers are with you all…he is at peace now and sitting with God…God bless you all

    04/22/2010 –

    christy houseman

    Grandpa you are missed. Hunter and kaylee miss you so much. we love you grandpa.

    04/22/2010 –

    Mary Miller

    I am friends with Janet and Lynn Payne and would like to express my condolences to them and to the family for the loss of Dave. I know that he is in a better place and he is not suffering any more pain. God Bless and God be with you all during this time of your loss.

    04/22/2010 –

    Janet Ralph Payne

    I love this man, he is a step father to me but so much more. He was there for all my silly mistakes in life. Yet he supported me always. A father like no other. He was many things to my children and grand children. He fixed a lot of stuff. Furnaces, water heaters, furnisher, bath rooms and kitchen remolding. My dad David was a awesome Father to me and my children. He will be missed by many.

    04/21/2010 –

    Russell Reeves

    I worked with Dave at Riverside for ten years, So sorry for you loss. God Bless. Praying for your family.

    04/21/2010 –

    Hocum Family, Dora

    So very sorry to hear about Dave. Our thoughts, Love and prayers are with you all.

    04/21/2010 –

    kathy mills

    Sorry to hear of your loss. You will be in our prayers.

    04/20/2010 –

    Donna Roberts

    Karl and family, Sorry to hear about David. My heart and prayers are with you.

    04/20/2010 –

    Bryan L. Mills

    Larry and Family….Just a short note to let you know We`re thinking of you all…your friends……. Bryan and Kathy

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