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Ralph Spradlin - April 08, 2010


Ralph E. Spradlin, 87, formerly of Imperial, Neb., died Saturday, April 3, 2010, at Life Care of Cheyenne, Wyo.
Ralph was born Dec. 24, 1922, in Metaline Falls, Wash. to Edward and Alice (Carver) Spradlin.
He married Mary Ann Dettman on July 30, 1950, in Imperial, Neb. To this union were born four children: Kevin, Sue, Tom and Craig.
He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and the Korean War.
In earlier years, he worked as a car salesman and at the co-op, eventually becoming a sales representative for John Deere. Ralph enjoyed nothing more than traveling around the country calling on farmers. He was a true “people” person. He later on worked for John Deere in McCook, Neb. and Julesburg, Colo., but in his heart, Imperial was always his home.
Some of the organizations he belonged to were the Junior Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Jaycees, American Legion, VFW, Eastern Star, Masons and Lions Club. Later, he joined the Tehama Shrine Temple in Hastings, Neb. Ralph also served on the Imperial school board. One of his favorite activities was performing in the community theater shows. He loved to entertain.
Ralph was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann Spradlin; sisters, Helen Morris and Sarah Mullenax; and a brother, Leo Spradlin.
Survivors include his children, Kevin Spradlin and wife, Marcia, of Clarkston, Wash., Sue Sorenson of Greeley, Colo., Tom Spradlin and wife, Monita, of Ft. Collins, Colo. and Craig Spradlin and wife, Monica of Cheyenne, Wyo.; brothers, Robert Wayne Spradlin of Denver, Colo. and Roy Spradlin of Denver, Colo.; 10 grandchildren, K.C., Jeremiah, Marcus Spradlin, sons of Kevin; Neil, Stacey, Eric Sorenson, children of Sue; Amber and Tony Spradlin, children of Tom; Lisa and Jamie Spradlin, daughters of Craig; two great-grandchildren, Cenika Green, daughter of Stacey and Maddox Sorenson, son of Neil; and sister-in-law, Bonnie Potter of Paonia, Colo.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 9 at Grace United Methodist Church in Cheyenne, Wyo.
A graveside service and interment of his urn will be held in Imperial, Neb. at Mt. Hope Cemetery on Saturday, April 10 at 1 p.m.
Those who wish may contribute to the American Cancer Society.
Friends may send condolences to www.schraderfuneral.com.