Ralph Aaron Folkner, 85, Nevada, Mo., died Monday, Dec. 26, 2005, at his home in Nevada following a sudden illness. He was born May 1, 1920, in Dustin, Okla., to John Aaron Folkner and Eveline Elizabeth Key Folkner. He married Ruby Joan Moore on Aug. 9, 1952, in Eureka Springs, Ark., and she survives of the home.
At the age of five, Ralph came with his family in a covered wagon to Vernon County where they settled in the Bellamy area. Later they moved to Moundville and lived in a area fondly known as Bristow in Vernon County for the past 42 years. Ralph served in the U. S. Army from July 1944, to Dec. 1945, in the European Pacific Theatre of War and was involved in the India Burma China Offensive. He received four Bronze Stars and was a rifle marksman. Followng his service in the Army, he worked as a carpenter all of his working life. He also worked for the Hercules Powder Plant in DeSoto, Kan. He was a member of the Carpenter's Union.
Survivors in addition to his wife Ruby, of the home, include three daughters, Karen Frazier, Lawrence, Kan., Kitty Bear and Kelly Simpson, both of Nevada, Mo.; one son, Jim Folkner, Omaha, Neb., 18 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; five sisters, Johnnie Medley, Moundville, Betty Folkner, Mesa, Ariz., Nadine Moore, Claremore, Okla., Eva Jordan, Ellis, Mo., and Verna Mae Overstreet, Kansas City, Mo. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Larry Folkner; one brother, Dean Folkner, and three sisters, Inis Garrett, Juanita O'Toole, and Alliene Hiestand.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., on Thursday, Dec. 29, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with John Nichols officiating. Interment will follow in Moore Cemetery, Nevada. Friends may call now and until the hour of service and the family receives friends from 7-8 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home.
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