Ralph Lourie

Posted Online: Feb. 19, 2013, 9:21 am
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Ralph Spensley Lourie, of El Dorado, Kan., and formerly of Moline, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at Golden Living Nursing Home.
The celebration of his life was held at the Trinity Episcopal Church on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 11 a.m.
Ralph was born Dec. 30, 1933, in Moline, the son of John Bruce and Ruth Spensley Lourie. He graduated from Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa. On July 16, 1955, he was married to Billie Beth Pence in Moline.
He had served his country in the United States Navy as a surgical corpsman. He came to El Dorado in 1978, and he managed both the Butler County Tire and Becker Tire companies until his retirement. Ralph was a faithful member of Trinity Episcopal Church. The Butler County College Booster Club had a real fan in him. He also loved WSU sports and was a Bronco baseball fan. He loved to collect coins and trucks. He never met a stranger. People often have said he could talk to anyone about anything whether he knew anything about the subject or not. His famous slogan was "Ralph Here."
Surviving family include his wife, Billie, of the home; two daughters, Rebecca Anne Lourie, Olathe, Kan., and Victoria Lynne Lourie, Salina, Kan.; one sister, Anne and husband, Wayne Johnson, Sun Lake, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Shari Brammer; and many cousins.
Memorials have been established with the Alzheimer's Association or the Diabetes Association. Share a memory of Ralph at www.kirbymorrisfuneralhome.com.



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