Ralph C. Vest, 82 of Aldrich, Mo., passed away at Cox Medical Center South, on Sunday December 27, 2009 at 8:55 p.m. Ralph was born near Walnut Grove and was a lifelong resident of the Walnut Grove and Aldrich areas. He was a farmer and retired rural mailcarrier retiring in 1987 after 30 years of service. Ralph was active in the Rural Letter Carriers Association. He was a 60 year member of the Eudora Baptist Church and was a World War II Navy veteran. He was a graduate of Marion C. Early High School in 1944. Ralph and Betty Dobbins were united in marriage on July 3, 1949. To this union two children were born. Together they were privileged to share over 60 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, James E. and Nannie Lowery Vest; four brothers, Arley, Victor, Floyd and Coy Vest; and two infant sisters. He is survived by his loving wife, Betty; one son, John and wife Donna Vest of Lebanon, Mo.; daughter Judy and husband Gary Parkison of Walnut Grove, Mo.; two sisters-in-law, Hannah Vest and Martha Coble; five grandchildren, Becky Vest, Joni and husband Gavin Floyd, Jamie Vest, Jeff and wife Kim Parkison and Kevin and wife Shylena Parkison; and two great-grandchildren, Zianna Parkison and Grayden Floyd; and anxiously awaiting the arrival of the third great-grandchild. Services will be held on Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. in the Eudora Baptist Church with Revs. Jim White and Lon Killingsworth officiating. Interment will follow in Greene Lawn Cemetery, Walnut Grove under the care and direction of Wilson-Brim-Daniel Funeral Home, Walnut Grove. Friends may call after 4 p.m., Wednesday, in the funeral home chapel where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorials may be given in his memory to the Eudora Baptist Church Activity Building Fund.
~ The Shared Ancestors and GeneaBlogs family extends condolences to member Blanche and the Vest/Lowry/Lowery family for their loss ~