Cortland - Ralph F. Evans, 91, passed away Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, following a brief illness.
Ralph was born Sept. 8, 1921, in Warren, the son of Thomas W. and Eva May Fenton Evans Sr., and was a lifelong resident of Trumbull County.
A 1941 Warren G. Harding High School graduate, Ralph served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a combat engineer with B Company, 9th Armored Engineer Battalion, 9th Armored Division. He served in the Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace and Central Europe. His division defended St. Vith during the Battle of the Bulge, where he was wounded. Later, his unit captured the Ludendorf Bridge at Remagen, where he was among the first American forces to cross the Rhine River.
He was awarded the European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three bronze campaign stars, the Purple Heart Medal, American Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal and two Presidential Unit Citations.
Ralph retired from Warren Tool Corp. after 33 years of service. He was a member of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Warren, the American Legion Post 278 of Warren, The DAV, the national VFW and the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge.
Ralph married the former Jeannette Church Aug. 19, 1950. They enjoyed 62 years of marriage; two sons, Barry Evans of Cortland and Richard (Diane) Evans of Cortland; and two grandchildren, Audrey and Daniel Evans.
Ralph was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Harlan T. and Thomas W. Evans, Jr.
Family and friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Crown Hill Chapel, Vienna. Service will immediately follow with Pastor Charles Davis officiating.
Interment will follow at Crown Hill Burial Park, where military rites will be observed.
The family requests material contributions be made to the Church of the Holy Spirit, P.O. Box 607, Leavittsburg, OH 44430-0607.
Selby Funeral Home handled the arrangements.