BLOOMFIELD - Ralph Hester, 86, died Sept. 25, 2004, at the Methodist Hospital North in Memphis, Tenn.
Born Sept. 3, 1918, in Bloomfield, son of the late Charley L. and Eva Lena Stevens Hester, he retired from the Fruitland Meat Company. He was a US. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II.
On March 17, 1951, at Piggott, Ark., he married Erma Deloris Cooper who preceded him in death on Dec. 20, 1997.
Survivors include: two daughters, Barbra McDaniel of Memphis and Sandy Riehn of Cape Girardeau; one brother, Carl Hester of Bloomfield; one sister, Ruth Munday of St. Louis; and three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death were two brothers, Paul Hester and Wayne Hester; and two sisters, Juanita Murdock and Agnes Followell.
Services were conducted at 1 p.m. today at Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter with the Rev. Gary Cooper officiating.
Burial followed in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield.