August 6, 1927 — March 6, 2018
Ralph was born on August 6, 1927, in Molalla, Oregon, the fifth child of Lester and Mae Burkholder. He grew up in rural Molalla and Canby, graduating from Molalla High School in 1945.
While working as a logger in the Sweet Home area, he met and married Neva Gladine Walker in 1951. After logging for a number of years, Ralph worked in the wood fiber industry until retiring at the age of 63.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Gladine; his three children, Ronald of Lebanon, Betty and husband David Garen of Portland, and David and wife, Teresa Pedersen of Lebanon; his two grandsons, Samuel Garen of Portland and Josef Garen of Vancouver, BC, Canada; and his sister Karen Thomas of Sacramento, California.
Ralph's final day on earth was March 6, 2018, and his final resting place is Sand Ridge Cemetery.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, at Crowfoot Baptist Church in Lebanon.
Huston-Jost Funeral Home is handling arrangements.