Ralph V. Templeton
Ralph V. Templeton of Springfield, Missouri, was born September 23, 1905 in Lebanon, Missouri and was quietly called away to be with his Savior for eternal reward Saturday, September 8, 1979, about 11:00 a.m. in his home, after a long illness. He was in and out of the hospital many times, but cheerful through it all. Ralph was a retired refrigeration engineer. Birch Tree people remember him as a very fine MFA manager for some years.
Rallph had great faith and was a glowing witness to all his many relatives and friends. During the last few years he especially shared the good news of Jesus to all he met. He was a member of Hamlin Memorial Baptist church in Springfield, where services were conducted on Tuesday, September 11, 1979 with Rev. Calvin Maberry gving the great message. After this he was taken to Oak Grove Cemetery for graveside services and interment.
Loved ones surviving are his faithful and loving wife Bessie: two daughters, Ruth Carpenter of Oak Grove, Missouri and Shirley Wilson of Springfield; five sons Jack, of Aldrich, Missouri; Gene, George and Richard all of Springfield; and Jim of Castralia, Ohio; one brothers Cecil of Savannah, Missouri; one sister Virginia Krause of King City, Missouri; 20 grandchildren; four great- grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends who loved him dearly.
By request in lieu of flowers several contributions were made to American Cancer Society.
Escorts for this dear one were Carl Wilson, Jim Carpenter, Jack, Gene, George, Jim and Richard Templeton.
Death of this lvoed one was both a time of loss and renewal. It was a break in the chain of life and a renewal in the chain of life that binds family and friends together in chrisitan love and compassion. A death in a family is an ending and a continuing; a time for frieving and a time for loving and living. The memory of Ralph will live on and on.
From Reader's Digest 1975 is a quotation that Bess and Ralph shared: "To live in the hearts of those we leave beind - Is not to die!"
[Unknown newspaper, October 4, 1979. Submitted by Marjorie M. Medley]