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