Ralph served in the United States Air Force for 22 Â˝ years.
In his tenure, he held several titles in countless locations around the world including Vietnam, and was awarded the United States Air Force Commendation for Outstanding Achievement.
Ralph retired from Fairchild AFB in November 1974 with the rank of Master Sergeant.
An avid fisherman, Ralph pursued his passion while employed by a local nautical marine supply business and was President of the Spokane Bass Club.
In 1977, he married his love Sharon, who would become his wife of 35 Â˝ years, while helping raise her two children.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Sharon; two stepchildren, Shana (Brian) Steele of Spokane, and Shane Duffy of Post Falls; children, Ron (Nancy) Fike and Ralph Fike of Kansas; Mary Brincefield of North Carolina; Susan (Sean) Cain of Virginia; and 10 grandchildren.
We love and miss you, Ralph.
May you rest in peace.
A memorial mass will be on Monday, November 26, 2012 beginning at 11:00AM at St. Anthony Catholic Parish, 2320 N. Cedar St. in Spokane, WA.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony Parish.
RIPLINGER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY SPOKANE, WA assisting the family.
Online guestbook at www.riplingers.com