He was born in Davidson, Saskatchewan, Canada to Harry and Violet Thomas.
Ralph was a minister with the Assemblies of God for over 63 years.
He served as pastor of the Assembly of God churches in Culbertson, Montana, (1951-54), Yakima (1954-60), East Wenatchee (1961-67), Enumclaw (1968-74) and Mountain View Assembly of God, Spokane (1974-88).
Following his retirement in 1988, he was active working at Silver Lake Bible Camp, Teen Challenge at Airway Heights and conducting services at Royal Plaza in North Spokane.
At an early age, he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior.
His life was marked by his love for Jesus, his faithful service to God and his devotion to his family.
He loved his family very much.
He will be greatly missed by all.
He is survived by: his wife of 65 years, Mary Thomas; children, Bruce (Bonita) Thomas, Duane (Shary) Thomas, Karen (Steve) Adair and Norman (Debbie) Thomas; nine grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; brothers, Gordon (Delorse) Thomas, Gerald (Karen) Thomas; sisters, Lucille (Charles) Carney, and Shirley (Clifford) Iverson.
He was preceded in death by five brothers, two sisters and one great-grandson.
There will be visitation Tuesday, November 12, 2013 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at Ball & Dodd Funeral Home.
Interment on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 11:00 am at Fairmount Memorial Park.
A Memorial Service will follow at 1:30pm at the First Assembly of God, 828 W. Indiana Ave., Spokane, WA.
Memorial donations may be made to the World Missions Fund at First Assembly of God, 828 W. Indiana Ave., Spokane, WA 99205.