R. Ralph Eaton

Born: Wed., Sep. 24, 1919
Died: Sun., Sep. 20, 2015


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Sep. 24, 2015
Location: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Fri., Sep. 25, 2015
Location: Augusta Christian Church

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   R. Ralph Eaton, 95, of Franklin Grove, Illinois, formerly of Quincy and Morton, Illinois, passed away peacefully in his sleep from natural causes on Sunday (September 20, 2015), just 4 days before his 96th birthday, at the Franklin Grove Living and Rehabilitation Center in Franklin Grove.

  Mr. Eaton was born September 24, 1919 and raised on The Stone Cottage Farm near Augusta in Schuyler County, Illinois, the son of Roscoe and Flena (Black) Eaton.  He married Marie Beckett on May 11, 1943 in Quincy. She preceded him in death on February 23, 2013.
   During World War II, Mr. Eaton proudly served in the U.S. Army in the China-Burma-India Theater and was discharged as a Captain following the war.

   A graduate of Augusta Community High School and the University of Illinois, Ralph worked for many years for the Smith-Douglass Company of Streator, Illinois.

   Ralph and his wife Marie resided for more than 50 years in Morton, Illinois, where they raised their four children. Ralph was a member of the VFW and the CBI organizations. He was also a member of the Morton Methodist Church. He enjoyed traveling and genealogy, but more than anything, he loved time with his family.

   Mr. Eaton was preceded in death by his beloved wife of nearly 70 years, Marie, as well as by his son Richard, his parents, and his brother Wayne.

   He is survived by his son Larry Eaton (Janet) of Chicago, IL; two daughters, Nancy Ester (William), most recently of Burlington, Wisconsin, and Sally Thomson (James) of Hinckley, Illinois; eight grandchildren, Paul Ester (Amber), Kevin Ester, Carolyn Ester Franzone (Joseph), Justin Eaton (Dominique), Christopher Thomson, Diana Thomson Koppang (Timothy), Benjamin Thomson (Jennifer), and Matthew Dixon; six great-grandchildren, Ethan Thomson, Charlotte Thomson, Marin Ester, Reagan Ester, Piper Ester, and Kennedy Ester; and many loving nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 10:30 in the Augusta Christian Church, Augusta, Illinois by the Rev. James Thomson.  Burial with Military Honors by the Macomb American Legion Post 6 / VFW Post 1921 and the Illinois National Guard Funeral Honors Detail will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Augusta, Illinois

   Visitation will be Thursday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 at the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home 1435 State Street, Quincy, Illinois, and Friday morning from 9:30 until the time of services at the Augusta Christian Church.

   Memorials may be made to the Woodlawn Cemetery Association in Augusta,Illinois, or to the American Heart Association.

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Anna Marie Pontius
   Posted Tue September 22, 2015

A GARDEN PATH was sent by Sandy .

Thanks, Uncle Ralph, for all you did. Hug Aunt Marie for us. Love, Sandy & Jim Ramsey; Re & Steve Pontius

Bob & Lois Jornlin
   Posted Thu September 24, 2015
Our country has lost another heroic WWII veteran!
We have known and respected Ralph for many years - starting with my first job with Smith Douglass after leaving the Navy in 1965. We remained friends throughout these many years and kept in contact. He will be missed by all who knew him. Though we are unable to be at his memorial service in person, his family will be in our thoughts, hearts, and prayers.

Jeff & Eileen Walsma / Jim Black
   Posted Fri October 09, 2015
Our sincerest condolences and heartfelt thoughts and prayers. We were so happy to connect Jim (James M. Black) with Ralph prior for their birthdays last year through the card that was sent. They had a nice chat on the phone! This year we were trying to see if we could drive Jim over for a visit but Jim ended up in the hospital, by the time he was out, I tried the phone for Franklin Grove but got a disconnected message. Have been trying ever since to find a contact. I will be going over to Jim's now (assisted living in Batavia, we're in Geneva) and will let him know...

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