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Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home

920 Central Ave, Connersville, IN

OBITUARY

Ralph E Paris

August 30, 1923July 15, 2019
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Ralph E. Paris, 95, died early Monday morning, July 15, 2019, at the Heritage House of Connersville.

A Fayette County native, Ralph was born August 30, 1923 to Roger and Lois Simpson Paris, and attended Bunker Hill Elementary and Connersville High Schools. He was employed at American Central until enlisting in the U.S. Marines Corp in September of 1942. A few short months later during World War II, he was wounded during the Battle of Tarawa. Ralph was awarded the Purple Heart medal for his bravery. Following stops in New Zealand, the Naval Hospital at Pearl Harbor and San Diego, California, he was discharged. Following his return home, Ralph went back to work at American Central until 1955 when he purchased the Marathon gas station at 8th and Central Avenue in Connersville. After selling the station, Ralph owned and operated Glaze Trucking Incorporated for 26 years before retiring in 1990. Ralph was a devoted former member of the Eagles, Elks, Warren Lodge #15 F.& A.M., Whitewater Valley Shrine, Moose, Veterans of Foreign War, American Legion, AMVETS and had supported the Boy Scouts.

Ralph is survived by sisters: Betty Barbee of Leesburg, Florida; Ruth Harrison of Connersville, and Jeanette Wasson of Kinston, North Carolina; his grandson: John Richard Paris of Springport; his stepsons and their wives: Terry Schocke and Terri of Ely, Minnesota; John Schocke and Christine of Greenwood; his step-grandsons: John David Shocke, Michael Schocke and his wife, Tonya, all of Greenwood; his step-great-grandchildren: Allison, Katlyn and Ashton Schocke; nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Ralph is preceded into death by his loving wife of 42 years, the former Billie Fern Waddell; his son: Ralph E. “Eddie” Paris Jr.; brother: Paul Paris and two sisters: Marjorie Turner and Mary Strayer.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday July 18, 2019, at Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Myers Chapel, Connersville, with Chaplin Rick Alvey officiating. Interment will follow in Dale Cemetery with military honors presented by the Fayette County Veterans Council. Friends may visit at the funeral home from 12 p.m. Thursday until the time of service. Memorial contributions may be made at the funeral home to the American Diabetes Association or to the American Heart Fund.. For additional information and to send condolences or memories, go to www.ShowalterBlackwellLong.com.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, July 18, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, July 18, 2019
  • Interment Thursday, July 18, 2019

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James ColteColterr

August 28, 2019

Lots of memories of Great Uncle Ralph Paris I remember from my childhood.

He was my Grandmother Colter brother' and a very niece man.

I am sorry that I was not able to attend his service

I will miss him

Terry Schocke

July 18, 2019

Ralph was a great stepfather to me and husband to my Mother after my father's passing. I knew Ralph my whole life, as he was my father's best friend.

We had so many adventures and road trips together over the years I will not be able to recount them all here but here are a favorite few:
Driving a Cadillac through the desert on a 4-wheel drive road in Idaho; going out west to Colorado and Montana; many trips to the Oregon coast; hiking up a mountain to a remote cabin for an elk steak lunch; a family trip to Gatlinburg, TN; chasing after Sam, his St. Bernard down a street in Connersville; many meals and holidays shared; visiting the town where "Northern Exposure" was filmed (Roslyn, WA) and enjoying a week-long car repair; taking a ferry to Vancouver BC and driving Mom and Ralph back home after his heart attack; walking across a "monkey bridge" at a Scout camp I was directing in Idaho; and so many more!

Ralph really knew how to enjoy life, and we will miss him.

Terry & Terri Schocke

Rick Free

July 16, 2019

Ralph Paris one of my best boy scout leaders in my youth. I remember going out Saturday mornings, in his old green truck, and collecting old news papers and magazines around town . Then going down south eastern and selling the papers for our camp fund. After that we would go to his filling station at 3rd & central, to eat donuts.
He took us to camping trips to bear creek, and white water state park. Thanks Ralph for the time you showed boy scouts.

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Billie's funeral. John Richard Paris, with Ruth Harrison and Ralph Paris

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Billie and Ralph at the International Wolf Center, Ely, MN

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Ralph in wheel barrel with Billie in control, wedding day Aug. 30, 1972

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The family Christmas photo at the home of John & Chris Schocke

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Newspaper clipping of Ralph with Shriners

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Billie's funeral. John Richard Paris, with Ruth Harrison and Ralph Paris

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Billie and Ralph at the International Wolf Center, Ely, MN

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Ralph in wheel barrel with Billie in control, wedding day Aug. 30, 1972

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The family Christmas photo at the home of John & Chris Schocke

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Newspaper clipping of Ralph with Shriners

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Early Family photo with all but the photographer, Billie

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Ralph and Billie Paris; Lloyd Waddell; Terry & Terri Schocke at Galena Summit, near Stanley, Idaho

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John Schocke family with Ralph and Billie at her 89th birthday party