Ralph Lester Glover was born October 14, 1930, in Lincoln, Illinois, and passed away May 24, 2018, in Mountain Grove, Missouri. He was 87 years, seven months, and ten days “and nine months” of age. Ralph was one of twelve children born to Ralph Lester and Beulah (Tyler) Glover.
Ralph grew up in Hoopeston, Illinois. He served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War from 1948 to 1950. He was later transferred to a Reserve unit at Selfridge Air Force Base in Michigan with the Strategic Air Command and was discharged in 1955. His total time of service was six years, eight months, and 15 days.
He married Ruth Kinder on December 8, 1950, in Hoopeston. Five children were born to this union. Ralph worked as a machinist at FMC while living in Hoopeston. Later, he and Ruth moved to Elk Creek, Missouri. Ralph was saved and baptized at Elk Creek Baptist Church. He greatly loved the Lord. They moved to Mountain Grove, Missouri, in 1996, and joined Mountain Grove First Baptist Church.
Ralph was a hardworking man and enjoyed beef farming. He always liked tinkering, growing, and fixing things. He also enjoyed mushroom hunting and fishing. In his spare time, he liked playing cards with friends.
Besides his parents, Ralph was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Ruth Glover; one son, Barry Glover; one grandson, Clinton Glover; five brothers, Charles, Richard, Jack, Bill, and Jim Glover; and three sisters, Isabelle Powell, Jeanne Huckabee, and Ruth Erickson.
He is survived by two sons, Terry Allen Glover and wife Julie of Boswell, Indiana, and Jay Michael Glover and wife Kumcha of Richland, Missouri; two daughters, Janiece Leree Fugitt and husband Bruce of Mountain Grove, Missouri, and Gail Lynette Wright and husband Mark of Ozark, Missouri; three sisters, Gwen Brown of Hoopeston, Illinois, Joanne Binkley of Chanute, Illinois, and Marcia Smith and husband Larry of Hoopeston, Illinois; twelve grandchildren, Carrie Lincks, Derrick Glover, Cody Glover, Stella Barr, Kerick Gibbs, Bailey Glover, Adam Glover, Jennifer Harrison, Misty Clemons, Elizabeth Wright, and Daniel Wright; eighteen great-grandchildren; and many other friends, family, and church family who will greatly miss him.
Visitation was held Wednesday, May 30, 2018, from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. at Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home. Funeral services followed the visitation at 10:30 a.m., also at the funeral home, with Rev. Gene Edwards officiating. Vocal song selection was “In The Garden” sung by Jennifer and Honor Harrison. Special songs played were “Amazing Grace” and “I’ll Fly Away.” Terry Glover, Jay Glover, Daniel Wright, Bruce Fugitt, Ethan Harrison, and Derrick Glover served as pallbearers. Joel Harrison, Scott Clemons, Cody Glover, Joseph Reed, Adam Glover, and Chris Harrison served as honorary pallbearers. Burial with full military honors by American Legion Post #30 and the United States Air Force was in Hillcrest Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mountain Grove.