Ralph Glen GroomMarch 14, 1929 ~ June 7, 2017 (age 88)
Ralph Glen Groom, 88, passed away Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Lakeview Adult Home Care Facility in Moses Lake, WA. He was born March 14, 1929 to Glen and Mae Groom in Ucon, Idaho. As a young man he farmed with his dad during the great depression. He served his country in World War II and The Korean War where he was recognized for his marksmanship and service. While moving to Ephrata, Washington in 1956 to work for Bell Telephone Company as a repairman/installer he met and married the love of his life Carol Naslund. Several years later he bought an insurance business in Quincy, Washington, Family Insurance Center expanded by adding an office in Ephrata. In 1986, he was hired by The Grant County Commissioners to organize and install the enhanced 911 system for the entire county. His job was to combine all the individual systems of the cities and towns in Grant County to be one organized unit. Ralph enjoyed serving on the Ephrata Volunteer Fire Department and dedicated many hours of service to the citizens of Ephrata during times of emergencies, of the 20 years he was a member 11 years were spent as the acting Chief. As Chief he fought some of the biggest fires Ephrata has experienced including the old BSI building where Taco Bell now stands, the old appliance store which is now the parking lot across from US Bank, the restaurant in the middle of town which is now Rock Park and even the fire station itself where he almost gave is life in service which is now the Ephrata Public Library. He joined the Grant County Sheriff’s Department as a reserve deputy and spent a few years helping law enforcement in the county.
Ralphs favorite hobby was scuba diving; he became a certified dive instructor and taught hundreds of people to scuba dive. Some of the other hobbies he enjoyed were mining for gold, searching for artifacts, hunting and riding motorcycles. He was a man of many talents he loved God and his family.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Laura Wilkes, mom Mae Groom, and dad Glen Groom. He is survived family members Robert “Bob” Duda (Jessica), Kim Schloer (Gordon), Julie Warner (Bill), Scott Duda (Carlene), Diane Pixlee (Dale), 22 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren.
Viewing and visitation will be held Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 9:00 to 10:00 am with the Funeral Service to follow at 10:00 am all at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Ephrata, WA. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Valley View Memorial Park in Soap Lake, WA. Those wishing to sign Ralph's online memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com Smith Funeral Homes in care of arrangements.