Ralph's journey on earth ended July 15, 2011, in Coos Bay and another journey begins for him. Ralph, 86, of Allegany, was born June 23, 1925, in Newport, R.H., the oldest in a family of four children.
Ralph's early years were spent in Newport, followed by a couple of years in the military during World War II. He left the military and moved to Wyoming and then Montana, where he became a cowboy and bronco rider in rodeos for a few years. While living in Montana, he married Eileen Scott. They spent the first part of their marriage on a horseback trip, crossing the Rocky Mountain Divide, riding through the Red Desert of Wyoming and then into the Superstition Mountains of Arizona.
Eventually three children were born to Ralph and Eileen, Ralph Teton, Katchina and Scott Ross.
Ralph was an artist creating beautiful sculptures from soapstone. His subject was wildlife. Deer modeled for him in his back yard. His carvings have been on display up and down the coast. Another talent he had was playing the guitar and singing folk songs. He later studied art, music and anthropology at the University of New Mexico. He received a degree in anthropology from U of NM.
Ralph is survived by, Eileen of Allegany; son, Scott Ross; and a brother and sister.
He was preceded in death by a sister; son, Ralph; and daughter, Katchina.