OBITUARY

Ralph Harrison Crocker Jr.

August 18, 1924April 14, 2019

Ralph Crocker, age 94, born on August 18, 1924 in Providence, Rhode Island, passed away April 14, 2019 in Austin, Texas. Ralph’s family moved to Texas in 1925 and was raised in the East Dallas/Lakewood area, graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1941, the last of four brothers to do so. He attended Texas A&M before entering the U.S. Navy in 1943. Honorably discharged after service in the South Pacific, the Phillipines and Japanese Occupation as a Lt.(jg) in 1946. He returned to Texas and completed his undergraduate work at SMU in 1948. Ralph met Margaret Riley and were married in Dallas, Texas on November 21, 1951, where they raised their family before moving to Lakeway, Texas in 2006.

Ralph completed 41 years of work in the baking industry, retiring in 1989. Most of his work was in product quality control and new product development for Campbell Taggart Inc. and Anheuser Busch/Earth Grains Technical Division.

A lifelong member of the Episcopal Church, he attended St. Mathews Cathedral as a young man, later participating as an active layman in the establishment of Holy Cross and St. Francis, Dallas Parishes. He was received in the Roman Catholic Church in 2003.

Ralph is preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Riley Crocker and infant son, Stephen Harrison Crocker. He is survived by his sons, Stephen Leonard, Paul Riley and wife Anne Turner, children Audrey, Meredith and Riley; Ralph III, wife Elissa, children Andrew and Tyler; daughter, Amelia Irsik, husband Larry Irsik, children Zachary, Katie and Matthew.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 6:00 pm Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas. Graveside service will be Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Haven of Memories Cemetery, Canton, Texas.

  • FAMILY

  • Ralph is preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Riley Crocker and infant son, Stephen Harrison Crocker. He is survived by his sons, Stephen Leonard, Paul Riley and wife Anne Turner, children Audrey, Meredith and Riley; Ralph III, wife Elissa, children Andrew and Tyler; daughter, Amelia Irsik, husband Larry Irsik, children Zachary, Katie and Matthew.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, April 17, 2019
  • Graveside Service Saturday, April 20, 2019
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Ralph Harrison Crocker Jr.

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Dotty Gracey Smith

April 19, 2019

Dear Crocker Family,
On behalf of the John and Martha Gracey family, I want to express our sincerest sympathy on the passing of your dear father. Your father and our father had such a special friendship, beginning in their school years in Dallas, to Texas A&M, during World War II, back at SMU, and continuing for long years after they each got married. Even after the death of our father at age 58, your parents continued to call on our mother, until your parents moved away to be closer to family. This lasting friendship is a tribute to the wonderful people they were. My own memories include the times the two young families, with the gaggle of kids, would get together, our parents visiting, and us playing. Although it may have been only a once or twice a year of going to visit “Margaret and Ralph”, those special get togethers remain with me, especially because they were a model of our parents’ deep and lasting friendship.
At this time, please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers. Our mother continues to live in an assisted living community in Dallas, and extends her sympathy as well.
With sympathy,
Dotty Gracey Smith
along with Jeanne, Beth, Carol, Barbara, and Rebecca

Carol Abbott

April 18, 2019

Steve and family, I just heard about your dad. I only had the privilege of meeting your parents once or twice many years ago, but through knowing you, it was easy to see what a loving mom and dad you had growing up.
My sincerest condolences to you and your family.
Love,
Carol Abbott

Kathryn Phillips

April 15, 2019

I am the daughter of Beeman Phillips, who lived at Buckner with Ralph. Ralph would often eat with us. He was such a lovely man and I enjoyed chatting with him. He will be missed.

Sincerely,
Kathryn Phillips

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