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Ralph Eugene Durham

Ralph Eugene Durham, 84, of Cascade, died Sept. 18, 2011, at Cascade Medical Center.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at Margaret Cemetery in Cascade.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at Cascade Community Church in Cascade. Andy Wegener and Jim Thibodeaux will officiate.

He was born May 1, 1927 in Caldwell to Henry and L. Pearl Durham, the youngest of nine children.

Ralph served in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1947, with a year of deployment in Korea. While on leave he married the love of his life and best friend, Ruth Greiner, on March 13, 1946 in Caldwell.

Raising three children with his wife, they lived in various locations throughout Idaho. Ralph was a master carpenter particularly enjoying finish carpentry work and spent most of his vocational life as a self-employed contractor.

After their children were raised, Ralph and Ruth pursued vocational opportunities in Alaska, California and Arizona.

Returning to Idaho to live full-time in 1992, Cascade became the location where they built their dream home, where they hosted their children and grandchildren, creating many memories for all.

Ralph became actively involved with Cascade Community Church and the Cascade community as a whole. He was always very grateful to the people of Cascade, his friends in the local community church and in recent years the medical staff at Cascade Community Hospital.

Ralph’s life was characterized by a life of adventure, willingness to try new things and a pursuit of Christ and knowing Him. He finished well. (Proverbs 3:5 & 6).

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ruth Durham; children, Marilyn and Julian Stohler, Nampa; Janice and Marc Eldridge, The Dalles, Ore.; Wayne and Ruth M. Durham, Little Rock, Ark.

Grandchildren, Nikki (Ray) Sagarik, Jeannifer (Karlo) Maalouf, Renee (Jefty) Metzdorf, Micah (Erica) Durham, Cory (Krystal) Eldridge, Joella (Chris) Armstrong, Erin (Ryan) Long, Julianne (Jose) Montes de Oca, and David Eldridge; great-grandchildren, Cody Metzdorf, Kaden, Jaren, Kora and Karsen Maalouf, Clara Durham, and Audrey Long.; special niece and her husband, Debbie and Ralph Fisher; sister-in-law, Marie Durham and brother-in-law, Dale Greiner and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his eight brothers and sisters and a granddaughter, Stephanie Eldridge.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Cascade Community Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 218, Cascade, ID 83611 or a charity of your choice.

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