McGilley & Hoge Johnson County Memorial Chapel

8024 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS


Ralph Russell Ferguson

March 3, 1928May 1, 2020

Ralph R. Ferguson, 92, of Overland Park, stepped into the presence of his Heavenly Father surrounded and comforted by his wife and daughter at Kansas City Hospice Home. He was born March 3, 1928, in rural Cherokee County Kansas to Chesley and Maude (Davolt) Ferguson.

He retired as Captain from the Overland Park Fire Station after 27 years of service. During his early years, he worked for the Rock Island Railroad learning morse code and keeping accurate time and ledgers at his appointed depot. After retirement, he enjoyed managing the tour bus line at Kincaid Coach traveling the United States. He also drove for England Bus Tours.

He and Arzella (Thompson) met while working in Greensburg, Kansas. They married November 4, 1947. They resided in several rural towns in Kansas as they began their family. While living in Bloom, Ralph continued his studies earning his high school diploma in 1956. Upon graduating, Ralph drove a school bus and together he and Arzella chaperoned their senior class to Mexico City where many fond memories were made and lifelong friendships forged. That same year Ralph and Arzella attended a church where they received Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.

In 1959, the family moved to Overland Park, Kansas, where Ralph drove a school bus, managed a laundry mat and later, volunteered at the Elmhurst Fire Station before officially beginning his career as a Fire Fighter with the Overland Park Fire Station.

Ralph was an active member of the Overland park Baptist Temple and served as head usher and sang with the choir for a season. Congregants of all ages quickly smile when they recall their bus rides to church camp or ski trips with Ralph behind the wheel.

Ralph enjoyed a variety of hobbies and always had a project on his mind. One activity that he and Arzella were fond of was RV camping. For many years, they would winter in Texas, often stopping to stay with their son, Russell, and his family doing building projects together. He also enjoyed fishing, grilling, listening to old gospel hymns and tinkering. He never knew a stranger and his family and neighbors were often blessed by his delicious BBQ’s and stories on the patio.

Ralph will be remembered by many as a faithful husband, loving father and grandfather, loyal friend and devoted follower of Christ.

Ralph is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Arzella Mae; his son, Michael and wife Linnette of Independence, MO; his daughter Carol Ann Yeamans and husband Dennis of Linn Valley, KS; his son Russell of Hondo, TX; two sister-in-laws, Norma Ferguson of Altamont, KS and Janet Ferguson of Winooski, Vermont; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews, nieces, extended family members and loved ones.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Carl, Clifford, Ellis, Ray, LG “Bill”, Elmer and Dale, and sisters, Freda Johnson and Letha Snow.

A private graveside service will be held at Mount Moriah. A celebration of life for all his friends and family will be held at a later date.

The family requests no flowers. Memorials are suggested to his church Overland Park Baptist Temple, 11648 Antioch Rd, Overland Park, KS 66210.


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Brandi Budd

May 9, 2020

My deepest love and sympathy to you all. I remember when Ralph and Arzella would come down to Texas for their visits in the RV as I was growing up. And all the parks we would visit with them! Ralph will be cherished in memory and held close to my heart. Hugs and kisses for everyone!

Barbara Cordill

May 7, 2020

Arzella, my deepest sympathy to you and your family in your loss of Ralph. May God comfort you.

Alan Davis

May 6, 2020

I first met Ralph about 25 years ago. I had just joined the church at Overland Park Baptist Temple and they were going on their winter retreat to Colorado. I was very interested in going, but I was going to visit a friend in Arizona. Ralph said I could meet the bus at an intersection in Colorado Springs and they would pick me up. When I got on the bus it went completely silent as I was new to the church and didn't know many people. The people all wondered why Ralph was picking up a hitchhiker! Ralph used to laugh when he told that story later on. I enjoyed knowing Ralph and his wise and godly counsel. Till we meet again.

Larry J Broockerd

May 6, 2020

I was fortunate to have worked with Ralph for many years at OPFD. I can say that he was a well respected Firefighter and a consummate gentleman. RIP Captain.

Ronald Beatty

May 6, 2020

We are sorry to hear of our friend's death, however we are also rejoicing in the knowledge that we will be seeing him again in the not-too-distant future in a much better place. See you soon, Ralph

Mike Casey

May 5, 2020

What a comfort it is to know with absolute certainty that Ralph is with his Lord and Savior at this very moment. Ralph loved to speak about his love for Arzella, his family and friends and his passion for serving his community as a firefighter. His stories were amazing, fun and uplifting. What a life well-lived! Prayers for God's comfort and reassurance to the family of which Ralph bursted with pride. Loving embrace to Arzella. The two of you are truly the best example of lifelong love.

Carla Ferguson

May 4, 2020

I remember going to visit Uncle Ralph and Aunt Arzella after Ralph had converted a bus. Had a great time sleeping out there. I loved seeing him when he would come through and stop and see daddy.


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