Celebrating the life of Ralph D. Funkhouser
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He was born January 10, 1946 in El Dorado, IL to Ora Funkhouser and Vivian Thompson-Mayfield. In his early years, he lived in the El Dorado and Marion area.
He married Joyce Davis on April 4, 1970 and she survives. Also surviving is daughter, Paula Pederson; almost daughter, Laura Anne; grandchild, Faith Pederson; six sisters, Elizabeth Funkhouser-Jones, Billie (Robert) Click, Dawn (William) Reynolds, Michelle Mayfield, Denise Burford, Jennie (Pete) Mcintosh and one brother, Wendell Mayfield.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, William Mayfield; three brothers, James Funkhouser, Donald Funkhouser, Henry Funkhouser and one sister, Reva Yetto-Rauman.
Ralph worked at Olin in Marion, tool & die at Container Staple in Herrin, and retired from Mitsubishi in Normal in 2006. He enjoyed spending time outside, staying home, and talking with his friends. His family will miss his uncommon common sense, integrity, and guidance.
Per Ralph’s wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral. Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, IL.
The Cremation Society of Mid-Illinois Co. Pekin/Peoria is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at csmico.com
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