- 83 years old
- Date of birth: Sep 24, 1928
- Place of birth:
Chanute, Kansas, United States
- Date of passing: Apr 7, 2012
- Place of passing:
Riverside, California, United States
|Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. Let the memory of Ralph be with us forever.|
"Wow five years have passed by so quickly, I still miss you Ralph! I can still remember the first time I met you, it was my first day on the job working for Tex and I remember is gentlemen with long white hair pulling in with a dump truck full of sand. I was texturing on the bottom of the wall and you walked up to me and started talking to me and I told you it was my first day on the job and I couldn't stop working to talk to you. At that point you said put down your tools son I own this company! I will never forget you Ralph because there are certain people you meet in life that leave an impression on you and you were one of those special people!"
"I miss you so much grandpa!! I can't believe it's been five years! I miss you more than ever! I really wish you could see your beautiful great grandchildren. Carolyn and I had our second baby and he's a boy. We named him Wyatt. He is a true blessing! He's a handsome Mathews boy! Our first baby is Ellie. She's a real sweet heart! You would love them both! I miss you so so much grandpa!! I love you so much!!!"
"Its been 5 years pappy and I still see your smile so clear in my mind. I think about what you would do so many times when problems occur in my plastering business. Working together for those 25 years was a good thing, we laughed and worried together, it went by so fast. I wish I could talk to you now, I have so much to share with you dad. I still love you and I love the memories..."
"Still missing you Ralph! I will always remember you!"
"No matter how old I get you never change dad, the memories are a plenty and I can see you just as clear as if I saw you yesterday. I would love to share that I pumped 80 sacks Thursday, browned a big custom, and there were 7 1/2 of us to get the job done. It's always the drive home that I wish I could talk...you are always in my heart and mind...
Yesterday you would have been 88! We would have had Mexican food and a glass of something cold and thirst quenching, I miss you..."
"I'm missing my dad this week...as much as ever! It seems like Easter is always a time to reflect and remember what a good dad I had. He was there when I needed him. I can't make myself go to his grave site...he's not there! I'm grateful dad's sleeping and waiting for Jesus to return to take him home. I can't wait to see him again...what a happy day that will be!. In the meantime, I will continue to miss his voice, his sense of humor, his laugh, his generosity and his good advice, which I mostly ignored at the time. He was a very special man with many flaws but he loved his children very much and I felt it... most of the time. Thanks Dad! I will love you always!!"
"Ralph still thinking of you wishing we were still putting mud on the wall! I have the fondest memories of you and will always feel that way! I know you are in a better place and that gives me peace!"
"Still missing you Ralph and always will thanks again for all the great times."
"Ralph still missing you"
"Thinkin' of you today Pappy, truthfully I think of you all the time...I wish we could get some Mexican food and celebrate your 86th birthday today with you...miss you..."
"Happy birthday Grandpa Ralph! We love you and miss you everyday!"
"I love you grandpa Ralph! I see your picture on our wall everyday. Miss you so much."
"Daddy....I can't believe it's been two years since I've heard your voice and felt your touch....oh how I miss being able to pick up the phone and talk to you. I'm so sorry I didn't stay with you the night you left us. I thought we would have more time together. I remember telling you I would see you in the morning....that's still true...I'll see you on that beautiful blessed morning when Jesus comes to take us home with him!! Sleep that peaceful restful sleep dad and I'll see you in the morning!!"
"GRAMPS!!! I miss you so much! I wish you were here to meet your great grandson!! And you have a great granddaughter coming too!!! I love you and think of you all the time!!"
"Hey Pappy; it seems like just the other day when you went to rest until the King returns. I think of you so much, I'm doing everyday what you and I did together for nearly 25 years, I miss you..."
"Happy birthday Ralph still missing you!"
"Still missing you Ralph you will not be forgotten!"
"Wow....doesn't seem possible Dad's been gone for a year! The pain of his loss doesn't go away!! I miss his voice, and his hugs. I miss his teasing...never thought I would feel that way!! Mostly I just miss hearing his voice and hearing him say my name and telling me he loved me more than I would ever know. I pray I will see him again one day!!"
"Mr. Ralph, and then you would say what's that and then I would say Dad. I miss you so very much, my own dad didn't want me but you were always there for me. The advice you gave me and all your kindness and unconditional love can't thank you enough. Until we meet again in heaven with clean fresh air and blue skies breathe deeply and enjoy. Love you always ~Connie"
"Celebrating a life well lived. I will cherish the memories forever.
"Ralph I have a very heavy heart not knowing that you had left us; you were the Best boss a person could ask for and a great person also you will always be in my thoughts. It is a very sad day for me I am so sorry that I didn't know and I will have to live with that fact. Arnold"
"Grandpa Ralph, You are one of the many reasons I am proud to be a Mathews. I love your wit and unique sense of humor. I will never get tired of hearing stories that Cody shares with me about you. You effected so many lives. I know you always said you don't know why or that I shouldn't but I love you very much! Forever missed........"
"Words to describe my dad would include hardworking, generous, smart, talented, caring, loving, handsome, funny, stubborn, and loved. I’m so proud of my dad…courageous and strong to the end. Now when I ask “How are you?” There is no need to pretend. We all love and miss you so much. Sleep Daddy until that blessed morning when we will all meet again. You are forever in my heart!"
"Ralph- you will forever be in my heart and never forgotten. Your smile, I will always remember that smile. Thank you for the Irish coffees and for your warm hugs. My prayers are now for your loved ones who will need a little extra support. Rest in Peace and enjoy heaven."
"Grandpa, i so much like you......in some ways but most because i have your red hair....i have always adored you..your laughter, your smile.....grandpa,,,,you have always accepted me. And you are a jewel in the rough.......and i'm so lucky to have your soon as my father .....and i can't thank you enough for that. He would do anything for you as would i. Grandpa, i love you..."
"Les and I were so saddened to hear of Ralph's passing. He was a prominent figure in our lives for over 30 years. He was a kind, generous, fun-loving man. Some of my favorite memories of Ralph were spent at his home flying kites. Such simple things brought such joy!!! So sorry for you Bev, he will be missed dearly by all who knew him."
"Hey Uncle Ralph, You are forever etched in my memory. Kind, generous, fun, talented. If asked to define a really good man I would talk about you. Twenty-five years ago you gave me work when I needed it, even though I had no skill at the job. I witnessed how you treated people and respected hard work. Your example was always positive for me. Mathews thru and thru! Thanks, Love You, Fred"
"I love you much Uncle Ralph. I have many happy memories of you visiting us and us visiting you. You’re smile could always make me smile. All my love, Marcella."
""Pappy thank you for be the best father in law, good memories. I will miss you, I love you forever.""
"It was a pleasure to have met Ralph a couple of times over the years. He raised a good son that begat another great son - who is my best friend. A hard-working man who passed on that ethic (in one way or another) down through the generations. It's always hard to lose a loved one and I am thankful that he lived a long, honorable life."
"Pappy you gave me courage, confidence a hard head and a led foot. I will miss early morning coffee and your smile, thank you for never giving up, I love you forever..."
"to my loving family,
There was only one Ralph Mathews. From our early days in Kansas, our youth in Washington and the endless number of times I would find myself at your door in California, You were always there to help me find my way, or was it the other way around. I love you brother, Ross"
"Ralph treated me just like his son. You know what that means. I needed money and he gave it to me. I needed help for a down payment on my first home, he helped. I needed a job and he gave me a job and overpayed me. He was one of my dad's best friends and I know why."
"Dearest Ralph, It was my blessing getting to know you, You showed me How much fun and Joy a father could have with his children, thank-you for the breakfasts at COCO's and Dinner at Jolly Rodgers..the drive to the beach was always fun in the Baracuda and you liked "Cool" music. your a good Man Ralpf Mathews, You'll be missed, Breath easy my dear friend, Your home."
"Being a former son-in-law I found Ralph to be a kind understanding man. Gave me the opportunity to work for him and learn a trade. I was green as they come doing any kind of construction. Last time I saw him was in March of 1996 for Suezi's birthday. He greeted me with kindness and a smile on his face at seeing me. Thanks Ralph."
"You were such a Special Grandpa! I'm going to miss all the times we have shared together. Sleep overs when Thomas and I were little and having ice cream on patio 3 :) I have so many wonderful memories with you and I will cherish them forever! I LOVE YOU and MISS YOU SO SO MUCH!!!!!!
Love, Louise Mathews"
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