Ralph Coonrod, age 77, of Bethel, MO, passed away on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at the University Medical Center, Columbia.
He was born in Tulsa Oklahoma, the son of Woodrow Wilson and Eva Pearl Curtis Coonrod. Ralph was married to Delberta “Debbie” Hollaway in August 26, 1961 in Great Bend KS. She survives.
Ralph is survived by two children: Charles “Chic” Coonrod (Shelly) of Katy, TX and Marcee Coonrod of Bethel, MO; five grandchildren: Gregory Coonrod of Dallas, TX, Tracy and Andy Coonrod of Katy, TX, Nicki Brittingham-Coonrod and Mandy Brittingham-Coonrod of St. Peters, MO; one great grandson; Damien LaBarge, one sister; Margaret Coonrod Immenschuh (Bert) of Buffalo, WY, three sister-in-laws, Loretta Hollaway of Great Bend, KS, Marcia Sloan of Chicago, IL, and Mary Skolaut (Chuck) of Newington, CT; eight nieces and nephews; one aunt; and numerous cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Ralph was a graduate of Great Bend Senior High School. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Le Tourneau University, Long View TX. He has had a lifelong career in insurance claims investigation and supervision . He toured the Pacific Ocean on a friendship tour in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard. Ralph was a member of the Bethel Christian Church where he served as a deacon and a Sunday school teacher; belonged to the Gideon International; and was currently serving as chairman for the Board of the Bethel Food Pantry. He was Tiger Fork Township representative for the University of Missouri/Shelby County Extension Council; and a Tiger Fork Township representative for the Shelby County Republican Central Committee. He was a hobby farmer, loved raising designer dogs, loved mechanics, and was a great, great storyteller of his experiences. Funeral services will be held at the Bethel Christian Church in Bethel, MO on Saturday, February 9, 2013, at 11:00 am with burial to follow at the Concord Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the Greening-Eagan-Hayes Funeral Home in Shelbina, MO on Friday, February 8, 2013, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Memorials may be made to Gideons International Bible Program or Bethel Christian Church.