A farmer by trade, he enjoyed toiling the land that he loved and working with his farm equipment. He got great pleasure playing checkers and cards with his family.
Ralph was born October 2, 1924 in Elyria, the son of Glenn and Effie (nee Beebe) Cowley. He was a 1942 graduate of Eaton School near Grafton. In 1945, Ralph was inducted into the U.S. Army, proudly serving his country in the 879th Ordinance H.A.M. Co, in the Asiatic Pacific Theater in Hokkaido, Japan. Following his discharge, he attended G.I. School for Agriculture, and pursued his dream as a dairy farmer. Later, he became a Journeyman in sheet metal construction for Local #33.
He served as Post Commander at Lucas Vaughn Post #219, Polk, Ohio, and was a member of Sullivan Lodge #313 F&AM and Sullivan Chapter #499 O.E.S. Ralph resided in Eaton, Brighton and Ashland areas, living on the same farm in Orange Township since 1957.
On November 21, 1947, Ralph married Mary E. (nee Hovorka), who survives, in Campbell, Kentucky and they would have celebrated their 66th anniversary this fall. To this bond, they were blessed with four children, Gail M. (Scott) Lochmandy of Georgia, Jennifer L. (Phil) Clark of Ashland, Gerald M. Beebe of Nova and Pamela L. Beebe. He is also survived by seven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; and 16 step great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Pamela Lou Beebe; grandson, Ryan C. Hall: and brother, Willard Beebe.
A private family service will be held at Denbow- Primm- Kemery Funeral Home, with burial immediately following the service, with Chaplain Sandra Lauer officiating, Tuesday, June 18, 2013.
The family requests memorial contributions, in Ralph’s memory, may be made to Hospice of North Central Ohio, 1050 Dauch Drive, Ashland, OH 44805 or at www.myhnco.org.