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Richard R. Ralls
March 28, 1937 - April 26, 2019

Richard Ross Ralls passed away on April 26, 2019 surrounded by beloved family. He will be remembered most for his devotion and lifelong service to God as well as his love for family and friends.
Richard was born in Los Angeles on March 28, 1937 to Ernest E. and Opal Ross Ralls. He and his family enjoyed living in Topanga Canyon, Ca until they moved to Medford, OR in 1949. Richard graduated from Crater High School in 1955 and in 1959 graduated from Prairie Bible Institute in Alberta, CA. In 1960 he enlisted in the Navy where he spent 4 years as an electronics technician, rising to the rank of E5.
Richard returned from his service in the Navy and met the love of his life, Marcia Wine. They knew that God had brought them to each other, and on June 26, 1965 they were married in Ashland, OR. The couple had the privilege to choose their children and in 1971, Pete and Emily completed their family. They started their ministry in 1965, where Richard served as pastor of Central Point AG until 1987. In addition to serving as pastor, in 1977 Richard founded the Central Assembly Christian School. They next pastored for 5 years in Madras, Oregon before taking on his last calling in 1992, as pastor of Seaside Assembly of God. After 52 years in the ministry, Richard retired and in 2017 moved back to the Rogue Valley. His last sermon, delivered April 23, 2019 are words to live by. The three word message was simple: Speak the Truth.
He was proceeded in death by his parents and his sister Wanda. Survivors include his wife of 53 years Marcia, his children Peter with wife Kristi and their 6 children, and Emily with husband Paco and their two children. Six great grandchildren brought additional joy. Two sisters, Joy and Lois also survive.
Two memorial services will be held. The 1st is Saturday, May 11 at 1pm at Path Church, 310 N 10th Street, Central Point, OR. A 2nd service will be Saturday, May 18 at 1pm at Seaside Assembly of God, 540 S Holladay Dr, Seaside, OR. Burial will be at Eagle Point National Cemetery, Eagle Point, OR. Those who wish, may make memorial contributions to Wycliffe Bible Translators – making Christ known in written word followed his life’s call. https://www.wycliffe.org/donate

Arrangements by: Conger-Morris Funeral Directors, Medford 541-772-7111

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  • I first saw Pastor Ralls when starting at Central Christian in the 6th grade. On a Saturday I noticed a guy working on the asphalt parking lot/basketball court stringing and painting lines. I thought it looked like a two person job, but this guy was taking it on himself. Needless to say I was surprised to see the same guy deliver the Sunday morning sermon. Loved his calm, controlled, wise demeanor. He once delivered a sermon about Elijah seeking to hear God’s voice while hiding in a cave. Thunder, lightning, and earthquakes ensued, but God’s voice wasn’t there. It was in the whisper of the cave. To hear God’s whisper you must be close to God Pastor Ralls said. To be close to God you need to be in His Word. To hear His whisper you need to be still. It wasn’t long after that we were cleaning the church. Must have been there for half an hour and didn’t hear anything. Pastor Rall’s door was shut so I opened it to go in. I found him at his desk with his Bible open and eyes shut as he meditated. Kinda spooked me so I said sorry and quickly shut the door hoping I wasn’t in trouble. It was obvious that he was in the Word listening for God’s whisper while being still. Discovering what he did when no one was around solidified his sermon in my mind. I will remember his work as a servant leader of a Christ centered church/school that I greatly benefitted from in my formable junior high years. He certainly practiced what he preached.

  • Pastor Ralls was the most Godly man I’ve ever met! He was so gentle and kind, a humbler man I’ve never known. The level of patience he exhibited was astounding. He was a remarkable preacher and teacher, and I learned so much from him. The relationship I have with the Lord today is in large part because of Pastor Ralls. He encouraged me every chance he had to be in the Word of God daily, and to meditate on it always. Anyone who truly knew him knew he loved them. I will miss him every day, but also joyfully long for the day we meet again in our home beyond the sky. His marriage to Marcia was a shining example of what God intended marriage to be. They were always together and holding hands or he’d have his arm around his girl. He continued to date her throughout their 53 years of holy and blissful matrimony. That’s how a marriage should be! Thank God for gracing Seaside Assembly with such a unique and special man. And for bringing us to Seaside to be ministered to by him.

  • Pastor Ralls was like a father to me. I’m thankful that I got to spend some time with him a couple weeks before he went home to be with the Lord. He was very special to me and we had a very special relationship. I miss him but I’ll see him again when God calls me home