Ralph died November 4, 1989 in Longview, Washington. He was a pilot for more than 50 years flying for the U.S. Army and the Navy during WWII. Ralph flew with the Air Force during the Berlin airlift. Ralph owned a flight school in Santa Monica, California, before flying smokejumpers out of Cave Junction. He also owned a flight school in Seaside, Oregon, before moving to Longview in 1980.
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