Ralph Samuel Rothwell, Jr., of Lonedell, MO, departed this life in St. Louis, MO on June 23, 2009, having reached the age of eighty-three years and four days. Ralph was born in Milwaukee, WI on June 19, 1926, son of Ralph Samuel Rothwell, Sr. and Mae E. Rothwell nee Steffen. On June 11, 1950, he was united in marriage to Dona M. Homstad and three daughters came to bless this union. On June 13, 1998, he was united in marriage to Marilyn Ann Woodruff nee Koehler and their families were joined as one.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Marilyn Woodruff Rothwell of Lonedell; by his daughters, Shelley Rothwell of Ypsilanti, MI, Linda Rothwell of Littleton, CO and Bonnie Rothwell of Hilton Head, SC; by six step-children, Michael Baer and wife, Sara, of Trenton, IL, James Woodruff and wife, Pam, of Cape Girardeau, MO, Donald Woodruff and wife, Stephanie, of Mokane, MO, Michael Woodruff of Wentzville, MO, Dennis Woodruff and wife, Debbie of Lebanon, TN and Anita Jones and husband, Jim, of Maryland Heights, MO; by one sister, Virginia Zachariasen and husband, Richard, of Tucson, AZ; by fifteen step-grandchildren, three step-great-grandchildren, one aunt, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph, Sr. and Mae Rothwell; and by his wife, Dona Rothwell.
Ralph was a Christian and long time member of the United Methodist Church of St. Clair. He was proud to have served his country during World War II in the United States Navy, as a Gunnerís Mate Third Class, entering December 30, 1944 and receiving his honorable discharge on June 30, 1946. He was currently an active member of the St. Clair Lionís Club. During his working years, Ralph was employed as a Professional Sales Specialist, retiring from Burnís Vet Supply. Ralph was an outgoing man and enjoyed many hobbies and interests during his life. Working on model trains and railroads was a favorite hobby, as was working on small engines. He enjoyed golf, bowling and raising poultry. He also liked feeding and watching birds and other wildlife. Traveling was his favorite pastime since retirement and he and Marilyn have created many wonderful memories together.
A devoted and loving husband, father, step-father, step-grandfather and great-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, nephew, uncle, great-uncle, cousin and friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM Monday, June 29, 2009 at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO with the Rev. Allen Ladage officiating. Private committal in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church of St. Clair or to the Franklin County Honor Flight Program.