Ralph E. Ferguson, Jr., 77, of Williamsburg, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, at the University of Kansas Health System.
Funeral mass will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Scipio, Kansas. A rosary will be said at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, at Dengel & Son Mortuary, Ottawa, followed by a family and friends’ visitation at 7 p.m. Interment St. Patrick’s Cemetery, at Emerald, south of Williamsburg. The family suggests memorial contributions to Ralph Ferguson Memorial or the Williamsburg/Homewood Fire Dept. c/o Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa, Kansas 66067. Family and friends are encouraged to post their condolences and memories on Ralph’s Tribute Wall at www.dengelmortuary.com.
Ralph was born Aug. 28, 1941, in Williamsburg, Kansas, the son of Ralph Sr. and Jennie (Holland) Ferguson. He was a lifelong Franklin County resident. He attended Ottawa High School with the class of 1960.
Ralph was united in marriage to Sandi Lee Smith on Sept. 4, 1993, in Richmond. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include six children, Brenda Stinson and husband, Joe, of Ottawa; Nancy Parkin and husband, JC, of Pomona; Rick Ferguson and wife, Pauline, of Williamsburg; Wanda Hamilton and husband, Ray, of Pomona; “short” Kim Weers of Princeton; and Jay Dee Weers and wife, “tall” Kim, of Le Roy; sister, Mary Alice Lasseter of Ottawa; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph Sr. and Jennie Ferguson.
Ralph was employed for Pepsi Cola from 1960 to 1979 as a route driver and the Williamsburg Coop from 1979 to 1992 as a manager. In 1992, he became the manager with Beachner Grain of Richmond for 26 years, retiring Dec. 31, 2016.
He was a member of the St. Boniface Catholic Church at Scipio; Williamsburg/Homewood Rural Fire Department for 40 years and Fire Chief for over 30 years; board member for West Franklin USD 287 in the 1980s and 1990s, Franklin County Fair, and Rural Water No. 4; church councils; Williamsburg Lions Club; Williamsburg Community Building; Kansas Livestock Association; and Power of the Past.
Ralph’s number one interest were work, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, followed by church, socializing and antique tractor rides.