Ralph McCrory

Ralph McCrory

TUSCOLA – Ralph Leon McCrory, 84, of Tuscola passed away at home Wednesday morning (Feb. 14, 2018).

Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, at Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 705 S. Main St., Tuscola, with Randy Nave, nephew of Ralph, as celebrant, followed by funeral services at 3 p.m. Burial with military graveside rites accorded will be in the Tuscola Township Cemetery.

Ralph was born on Nov. 2, 1933, in Annapolis, the youngest of 12 children to Burt and Amy McCrory. He is survived by one sister, Mary Helen Williams of Robinson.

He graduated from Hutsonville High School in 1951. Following graduation, he joined the Army and served our country in Germany from 1952-1956 where he earned a Good Conduct Medal and Army Occupation Medal.

After meeting at a movie theater in December 1956, he married Carolyn Sue Crabtree on July 14, 1957, in Robinson. They recently celebrated 60 years of marriage together in July 2017 with a celebration amongst family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Carolyn; children, David (Julie) McCrory of Tuscola, Doug (Cindy) McCrory of Tuscola and Kathy (Steve) Gentry of Sadorus; grandchildren, Erin, Karen, Amy (Jason), Carly, Sarah, Jackson, Halle, Melissa (Chris), Brett and Mindy (Chris); and great-grandchildren, Stanley, Cameron, Jayden, Carson, Skylar, Phoebe, Sierra and Leigha. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He worked at USI in Tuscola for 40 years, retiring in 1997. He was a member of the VFW and Tuscola Moose Lodge.

He enjoyed spending time as a Winter Texan, dancing, playing games, watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren play sports, hunting, taking long walks around the neighborhood and Ervin Park, reading, coaching softball and basketball, and traveling and camping in his RV all over the country.

He was a devoted husband, loving father, magnificent grandfather, and thoughtful friend.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Douglas County (Team McCrory), 705 S. Main St., Tuscola, IL 61953.

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