AMERICAN FALLS, Idaho — Ralph Fredrich Whitehorn, 77, American Falls, Idaho, died from cancer at the Power County Nursing Home Jan. 17, 2016.
Funeral services will be held in Ralph’s honor Feb. 6, at 11 a.m., at Davis-Rose Chapel, American Falls, with a luncheon to follow at the Power County Senior Center.
Ralph was born May 26, 1938, to Francis Glen Whitehorn and Laura Marian (Bergman) Whitehorn, in Yankton, S.D. He grew up on the family farm east of Hartington, with his brothers and sisters. It was there he began to develop his skills as a mechanic and also his love and compassion for animals. He graduated from Hartington High School in 1956. Ralph married Shirley Caster June 21, 1958, and they had five children together, Ryan, twins, Sharon and Sheryl, Tammera and Laurie. They later divorced.
Ralph married Judy Ann Felts, daughter of Harry and Mable Weaver, Aberdeen, Idaho, Jan. 28, 1971. Judy died from a lung condition Jan. 10, 1994, at age 51.
After Judy’s death, Ralph met Alice Cox and they began a companionship.
Some of Ralph’s life work over the years included farming, working for Omaha Public Power, Iowa Beef Packing, Sioux City Motor Express trucking, and later, Kent Brothers in American Falls. He was an accomplished truck driver and diesel mechanic.
Ralph was a devoted volunteer at the Power County Senior Center. He received “Volunteer of the Year” in 2014. Ralph also had a love for photography that he shared with his daughter, Tammra and sister, Betty.
Ralph is survived by brothers, Leo (Carol) and Vince (Cindy) Whitehorn; sisters, Mary Myers, Betty Hoile Gubbels; son, Ryan (Diana) Whitehorn; daughters, Sheryl Wolf (Randy), Sharon Kirlin (Tim), Tammra Hense (Richard) and Laurie Mendoza; and three grandchildren, Sharon’s children, Alex and Baily Winbolt, and Oscar Mendoza.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Lawrence Whitehorn; sister, Helen Winters; and second wife, Judy.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Power County Senior Citizens in Ralph’s memory.