Ralph W. Lancaster, 92, died peacefully at his Snowflake home on Thursday, March 3, 2016. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 o’clock tonight (March 11) at Owens Livingston Mortuary, 84 E. 19 South in Snowflake. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, at the Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, 9th S. Second West in Snowflake, with a viewing one hour prior. Burial will follow at the R.V. “Mike” Ramsay Memorial Cemetery in Snowflake.
He was born Nov. 1, 1923, in Bluewater, N.M., to George and Minnie Belle Chapman Lancaster.
Dad is preceded in death by his eternal companion of 58 years, Venola.
He is survived by Dennis (Lynne), Joan (Ron) Dodson and Jean (David) Butler; 10 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
As transportation supervisor and bus driver for the Snowflake School District for 35 years, Dad was well known and often recognized by former student passengers wherever he went. He loved to drive the sports and activities buses statewide and drove a bus to Show Low daily. Many a bus rider has stories of being thrown off the bus by Ralph to find their own way to school or home.
Dad was an avid BYU Cougars sports fan. He was also an expert mechanic. Many people have been blessed by his willingness to serve others through his mechanical skills.
He was an active and dedicated member of the LDS church all his life. He served several stake missions as a Seventy. Dad and Mom served two honorable missions to Nauvoo, where Dad made keepsake Nauvoo bricks. A highlight of Dad’s life was a trip to the Holy Land with Mom. He has been a faithful ward clerk, financial clerk and membership clerk to eight bishops.
Our Father was highly respected as a man of honor and great integrity. His word was his bond. Reliability and dependability were synonymous with his name. His family was the most important thing and pride of his life. He taught us by precept and example. We bless and honor this good man.