ARLINGTON - Ralph Gordon Jenney passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, April 12, 2012. His passing leaves a void and emptiness for all who knew and loved him.
Service: 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Moore Funeral Home Chapel with visitation beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Ralph was born in Clymer, Pa., on Jan. 15, 1920. After graduation from high school, he served with the Army Air Corps during World War II as a radio officer on B-24 and B-26 aircraft in the Aleutian Islands off the coast of Alaska. One of his favorite war stories concerned how he ended up in the Aleutians. He was asked where he wanted to be assigned. When he was told that there were women behind every tree in Alaska, he selected Alaska. When he arrived at his assignment in the Aleutians, he found that there were no trees! He participated in the Aleutian Islands Campaign to retake Attu Island from the Japanese and subsequently helped the United States regain control of all the Aleutian Islands. For more information on Ralph's war service, go to www.wwii-veterans.com.
He returned home to Akron, Ohio, after the war and reconnected with his childhood friend, Bernadette, who was known as "Bernie" to her friends and family. They fell in love, were married, and began a loving partnership that would last for the next 60 years. They moved to Arlington after the birth of their son, Greg, for a drier and warmer climate.
Ralph graduated from Akron University with a degree in electrical engineering and continued his fascination with and love of airplanes. He worked for General Dynamics in Arlington for many years, where he designed and tested various aircraft simulators.
After retiring from General Dynamics, he spent the next 20 years traveling with his beloved wife and son, bowling, and watching the Texas Rangers play baseball. Ralph was an avid bowler and participated on bowling teams and bowling tournaments for many years. He loved to watch the Texas Rangers baseball team play, and nothing made him happier than attending a home game in person. In fact, his final wish before he passed away was to attend the Rangers home game on Thursday - he stated that he was going to that game if it was the last thing that he ever did. It was - several hours after returning home from that game, Ralph passed away peacefully.
Ralph was a caring and loving husband, father, uncle and friend. He was devoted to his beloved wife and special needs son, and was devastated when first he lost his wife and then later his son. He tried to fill his life with friends and relatives, but he could never quite replace the emptiness he felt after they both had passed away. Now Ralph has joined them in eternal happiness. He left a legacy of love and an uncompromising zest for life that will be cherished by all who knew him. We will all miss him.
Survivors: Ralph is survived by his many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, other family members, and his dear and loyal friends.
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