Ralph H. Craft, 78, a former resident of the Banks community, late of Carlton, died Thursday evening, March 26, 2015 at the Vineyard Heights Assisted Living Facility in McMinnville.
Private Family Service will be held.
RALPH HARRY CRAFT was born on June 14, 1936 in Central City, New Mexico, the son of the late Harry C. Craft and Annabelle (Gibbs) Craft. He was raised and received his education in the Banks community, having been a graduate with the Banks High School Class of 1955.
He was a Veteran of the United States Army, having enlisted on May 15, 1957 in the United States Army in Europe until April 22, 1959. He served active duty for 2 years, and was in the Army Reserve until receiving Honorable Discharge on May 31st, 1963 at the rank of Specialist Fourth Class.
Ralph was united in marriage to Sue Ann Medearis on July 29, 1964 in Portland, Oregon. Following their marriage they made their home in the Portland community until 1966 when they moved back to the Banks community.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sue Ann on September 11, 2011 after celebrating over 47 years of marriage together. Following Sue’s passing Ralph moved to the Carlton community to reside with his John and family. In December he became a guest resident at the Vineyard Heights Assisted Living Facility in McMinnville, where he has resided since.
Ralph worked for Nottingham Moving and Storage in Portland for several years and was a member of Teamsters Union Local 162. He later worked as a Real Estate Broker for Pro Group Realty for many years until his retirement in June 2006.
He was a member of the Forest Grove Elks Lodge B.P.O.E #2440; the Loyal Order of the Moose; the Banks Lions Club; The American Legion; The Sunset Park in Banks and was involved in coaching and umpiring Little League Baseball, having been instrumental in bringing the program to Banks.
Among his special interests, Ralph enjoyed fishing, hunting, clamming, gardening and caring for his flowers and wood working, especially making birdhouses.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Annabelle Craft; and his infant son Tommy.
Survivors include his children and their spouses, John and Cheryl Craft, of Carlton, Oregon; and Carrie Craft of Banks, Oregon; Sue Ann’s children Debra and Raymond Mott, of Banks, Oregon; Byron Prickett of Tigard, Oregon; Susie Dunthorn, of Banks, Oregon; his sisters and brothers-in-law, and his brothers and sisters-in-law,
Also surviving are fourteen grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
The family suggests that remembrances may be contributions to the Banks Fire Department,
300 S. Main Street, Banks, Oregon 97106, in his memory.
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Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt Funeral Home in Forest Grove is in charge of the arrangements. 503-357-2161