Ralph Wombles Jr.


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WESTVILLE – Ralph Edward Wombles Jr. was called to eternal rest on Thursday (Feb. 16, 2017) at the age of 75.

He was born July 21, 1941, in Danville to Ralph E. Wombles Sr. and Mary D (Walker) Wombles. He married Ethel (Morfey) Wombles on June 25, 1994; she survives. Ralph is also survived by a sister, Betty Bennett Wombles of Westville; two brothers, James "Kenny" Wombles of Danville and Rick Wombles of Paris; five sons, Ralph E Wombles III of Fairmount, Steven and Janet (Powell) Wombles of Homer, Brian Wombles of Tilton, Brad Wombles and Jean Trees of Oakwood, Mark Murphy of Danville, and Mike and Stacey (Livingston) Wombles of Oakwood; one daughter, Rebecca and Mike Akins of Henning; two stepdaughters, Wendy and Larry Samuel, and Bobbie Jo Johnson and Jayvon Thomas of Urbana; a stepson, Timothy and Brandi Johnson of Oakwood; 10 granddaughters; seven grandsons; and four great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind special friends, Bob and Linda Carter.

Ralph was an avid musician who taught himself to play guitar at an early age and was playing in the clubs around Danville as lead guitarist for the band The White Lightning Express. He loved to play and sing as much as we loved to listen.

He served in the Army from August 1960 to March 1963. When he returned home, he started driving trucks; although he couldn't drive a manual shift car to save his life, he had a long prosperous career as an over-the-road truck driver.

When he was home from the road, he enjoyed tinkering with computers and had a VHS tape collection that would rival any video store back in the day. There wasn't a game system that ever came out that he didn't have, and when surround sound was introduced, Goose and Maverick broke the sound barrier in the house on a regular basis. He was also a big donator to video poker machines across the country.

As per his wishes, there will be no services or parade as he called it. He wanted to be cremated and have everyone remember the Ralph they all knew and loved! Rest in peace; P.S., you will be missed.

Rortvedt Funeral Services & Crematory in Tilton is assisting the family. Condolences may be offered online at www.rortvedtfuneralservices.com