Please see obituary below.
Mr. Ralph Joseph Morales
Ralph Joseph Morales was born in Douglas, Arizona on March 30, 1022 to Francisco and Refugio Morales, raised in Los Angeles and passed peacefully away on April 28, 2016. In spite of the Great Depression, his childhood and teen years were very happy ones; dearly watched over by his five older sisters and 3 brothers. During baseball season, you would find Ralph waiting at the player entrance to Wrigley Field in Los Angeles before the games. Why? To be first choice as bat boy for the visiting team or have fun shagging balls up in the bleachers during practice sessions.
Ralph’s high school years launched his love for music; singing in the glee club and, especially, for dancing. This was the age of the Big Bands; swing music, after school sock hops in the Manuel Arts High School gym, and double-dating on Saturday nights with brothers Art or Richard. Soon, the war years came along and exposed young Ralph to a world beyond California. He enlisted in the Army Air Corp and served his time as a staff sergeant, specializing in electrical aircraft maintenance at Allied air bases in North Africa and Italy.
Back home after the war, Ralph’s sister Louisa introduced him to beautiful Mary Carmen Ulloa and a match was made that was to last almost 68 years. Most of his life was spent in Fullerton, California where, together with Mary, they raised five children while also caring for his invalid mother-in-law. Mondays through Fridays Ralph spent working as a purchasing agent for the research and development labs at Hunt Wesson Foods.
Saturdays were spent doing house chores and mowing the lawn. But, after church mass, Sundays were his fun days. Packing his big family in the station wagon, it was road trip time; locations up and down the southern California coast, exploring the sites in Los Angeles he knew as a boy, or heading up to the mountains of San Bernardino.
Retirement brought years of travel, visiting family and relatives, and mobile-home living in Huntington Beach and Hemet, and, lastly, Laguna Woods, California.
Ralph leaves behind his brother, Richard, his children, Ralph Jr., Patricia, Frank, Cecilia, and Richard, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Ralph will rest in peace next to his life-long love Mary at Riverside National Cemetery.
It was Ralph’s wish to be cremated with a simple military service attended by immediate family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County (link; http://feedoc.org/).