He was born on March 12, 1951 in Mtn. Grove, Missouri, the son of Donald and Pauline (Giles) Harris.
Ralph attended the University of Missouri-Rolla and Missouri State University in West Plains before he began his 30-year career at DFA in Cabool where he made many lifelong friends.
Ralph met his bride, Ethel Elaine Holden, at Missouri State and they were married on September 10, 1971. The two established a farm in Cabool where they raised three sons, Benjamin, Timothy and Franklin. He took great pleasure in attending livestock fairs and horse shows with his sons and was instrumental in establishing the Cabool Farm Fest.
Ralph was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Ethel of the home; three sons, Benjamin Ralph of Columbia, Missouri, Timothy Ryan and wife Julie of Concord, North Carolina, and Franklin Talburt and wife Melissa of Huron, South Dakota; and his treasured grandson, Corbin Ryan Harris of Concord, North Carolina.
Services were held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 1, 2016, at the funeral chapel. Private family interment was in New Hope Cemetery near Drury, Missouri, under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool.
Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.