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106 South Center
PO Box 192
Gardner, KS 66030
Phone: 913-856-7111
Fax: 913-884-7009
Ralph King

Ralph Joseph King

Wednesday, October 4th, 1939 - Thursday, August 29th, 2019
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Ralph Joseph King, 79, of Gardner, Kansas passed away Thursday, August 29, 2019 at home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 5, 2019 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, 555 W. Main Street, Gardner, Kansas. Visitation will be 9:30 a.m. before the funeral service. Burial will
follow at St. Columbia Cemetery, Gardner, Kansas with Military Honors. Memorial Contributions may be made to Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Olathe Health Charitable Foundation Hospice or a charity of your choice. Condolences may be left at brucefuneralhome.com Arrangements: Bruce Funeral Home, 106 S. Center, Gardner, Kansas 66030 (913-856-7111).

Ralph Joseph King was born October 4, 1939 in Piqua, Kansas. He was the son of Godfrey George and Agatha Johanna ( Bruggeman) King. He graduated from Iola High School. Ralph loved aviation and at age 18 he joined the United States Air Force where worked as an Air Traffic Controller for 12 years. After leaving the Air Force, Ralph worked as an Air Traffic Controller for the Federal Aviation Administration in Olathe, Kansas. Ralph also worked for the USDA as a contract specialist.

Ralph was a member of the Divine Mercy Catholic Church and a Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus. He married Macalene McBurney on February 14, 1987 in Gardner, Kansas. He was an expert craftsman and enjoyed building large scale flyable model airplanes as well as smaller scale highly detailed models. He also liked traveling and going on cruises to other countries, playing poker and dominoes with his friends. Ralph loved watching sports particularly KU Basketball, Royals Baseball and Chiefs Football. Ralph has been a resident of Gardner Lake for more than 40 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Irene, Fred, Leo, Rita, Zeno and Inez. Ralph is survived by his wife Mackey of the home; sisters Joyce Foster and husband Larry, Iola, Kansas and Mildred King, Yates Center, Kansas; stepsons Robert Murphy, St. Joseph, Missouri and Tye Murphy and wife Jamie, Lee’s Summit, Missouri; two grandsons Robert Ball and wife Vanessa and Hayden Murphy; three granddaughters: Georgia, Isla and Shelby Murphy; two great grandsons Vincent and Hank Ball; and many nieces and nephews.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 5th, 2019 | 9:30am - 10:30am
    When
    Thursday, September 5th, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
    Location
    Divine Mercy Catholic Church
    Address
    555 W Main
    GARDNER, KS 66030
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  • Service

    Thursday, September 5th, 2019 | 10:30am
    When
    Thursday, September 5th, 2019 10:30am
    Location
    Divine Mercy Catholic Church
    Address
    555 W Main
    GARDNER, KS 66030
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  • Interment

    Location
    St. Columbia Catholic Cemetery
    Address
    15560 Moonlight Road
    GARDNER, KS 66030
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    Military Honors at the cemetery.

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Posted at 08:27pm
I am so sorry for your loss. Unfortunately, we are all prisoners of death. But the bible gives us real comfort here at:(Isaiah 25:8)"He will swallow up death forever. And the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away tears from all faces." This loving promise tells us that one day we all will be freed from the enemy death thanks to our loving God Jehovah. I hope you were encouraged and uplifted and know that there is a brighter future ahead that awaits you.

Mark Martin

Posted at 08:55am
I remember the first time I saw Ralph's basement with all those incredible model planes he built...so meticulous. I was a teenager..and for the life of me I couldn't understand why he didn't fly them....Not sure if he ever did...I hope he did.
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Suzie Townley

Posted at 11:43am
My deepest sympathies. Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
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