RALPH EDWARD WEST Monday, November 28, 1949 - Saturday, September 30, 2017
Ralph Edward “Sonny” West, Jr., age 67, of Bois D`Arc, Missouri, passed away on Saturday, September 30, 2017 in Cox South Hospital, Springfield, Missouri, after years of disability. He was born on November 28, 1949, in Springfield, Missouri, the son of Ralph Edward Sr. and Martha Eileen (Treat) West.
Ralph grew up on Mount Vernon St., Springfield, in between his best friends Roger Huckabee and Gary Sly, and they remained friends throughout their lives. He graduated from Central High School in 1967 and served in the US Air Force in Laredo, Texas until 1971. In 1974 while working at Burl Briscoe's car lot in Republic, Missouri, Ralph saw a girl in overalls helping her father. Ilonna Marilyn Lewis would become his partner, wife, caretaker, and friend through sickness and health for the rest of their lives. Together they raised three wonderful children – Andrea Renee, Alicia Dawn, and Ronald Jacob. Ralph loved his friends – Roger, Gary, Stokes, Loveland, Maxine, Rhonda, and many others. He would do anything for them. He never hesitated to drop everything and come to the rescue and his word was gospel. Ralph was close to his mother, Martha, his entire life. She taught him strength, hard work, and love. He was a towering and protective younger brother to Dorothy and also to Ruby who we lost in 1990. Ralph enjoyed fishing, racing, spending time at the lake, and fixing almost anything. Ralph respected others and was not afraid to stand up to anyone or anything, but was wise enough to know when to back down and humble himself. This is the "Ralphie" we will never forget. We will always love him and miss him. Rest In Peace to a wonderful husband, father, son, brother, and friend.
He is preceded in death by his father, Ralph Sr.; and sister, Ruby Kleier.
Ralph is survived by his wife Ilonna (Lewis); children, Andrea Wiyrick, MSGT, USAF (Yuba City, CA), Alicia West (Detroit, MI), Ronald and Melissa West (Republic, MO); his mother, Martha; a sister, Dorothy and Robert Nellans; and many cousins, aunts, nieces, and nephews. We hope the fish are bitin' in heaven.
A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, October 3, 2017 in Meadors Funeral Home, Republic, Missouri. A graveside service, with military honors, will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 4, 2017 in Evergreen Cemetery, off Highway 174 in Republic. Family and friends may share online condolences at www.meadorsfuneralhome.com