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Obituary-Ralph P. Williams

Mr. Ralph P. Williams, 79, resident of Bartlesville, Okla., was called home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Thursday June 30, 2011.

A memorial and funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., July 13, at the Dewey Church of Christ, with Mr. Williams’ son, Dr. Curtis Williams of the North Pointe Church of Christ in Murphy, Texas, officiating. Graveside service will be in the Memorial Park Cemetery. Funeral services, and interment will be directed by Stumpff Funeral Home and Crematory.

In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established. Those wishing to make a contribution in memory to Mr. Williams, may do so to The American Cancer Society, or the Pagosa Springs Church of Christ Building Fund at P.O. Box 251, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147

Ralph P. Williams was born Aug. 14, 1931, in San Angelo, Texas, to Dallas C. and Ona G. (Lile) Williams.

Ralph grew up in Brownwood, Texas, receiving his education there and graduating from Brownwood High School. He attended Howard Payne College in Brownwood for a short time. He then continued his education at Abilene Christian College in Abilene, Texas, graduating with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry. After graduating, he began a 40-year career with the Phillips Petroleum Company. Over the years of his career with Phillips, he was instrumental in obtaining about 50 U.S. Patents for Phillips. He was widely known for being an expert in gas odorants and was called upon frequently for his knowledge in that area.

He married Gloria N. Grindstaff in August of 1952, and they made their home in Bartlesville, where they raised their three sons. They were married for 28 years until Gloria was called home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Jan. 26, 1981.

Ralph married Karen O. Davis on Oct. 17, 1986. They made their home in Bartlesville and enjoyed spending their summer months at their other home in Pagosa Springs.

Ralph was a licensed amateur radio operator, W5ZXD, holding the highest license possible, an “Extra Class” license, his entire adult life. It was a hobby that he passionately enjoyed.

Ralph was an active member of the Dewey Church of Christ. He always let his Faith in God and Christ shine through in all that he did. He was a Strong Spiritual Leader to his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents and Gloria.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Karen; three sons, Chris Williams of Denton, Texas, Mark Williams and his wife Elizabeth of San Antonio, Texas. And Dr. Curtis Williams and his wife Karen of Allen, Texas; three stepsons, Mark Davis and his wife Kathleen of Grand Rapids, Mich., Brooks Davis and his wife Jill of Searcy, Ark. And Clint Davis and his wife Briley of Broken Arrow, Okla.; and a sister, Marilyn Nickerson and her husband, Luke, of Queens City, Texas. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, who all affectionately called him, “Grand Ralph.”

He is also survived by his loving, caring, and loyal caregiver, Nicole Crouse (Sunshine).

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