Ralph Leroy Childs the son of Ralph Homer and Dorothy (Jones) Childs was born September 29, 1940 in Seminole, Oklahoma and departed this life on April 15, 2019 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma at the age of 78 years, 5 months and 14 days.
Ralph loved his family and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He enjoyed being outdoors, bird hunting and fishing. He was proud of being in the Army and referred to it as His Army, he served 22 years active duty and completed 2 tours in Vietnam. He was a member of the Masons and a substitute teacher for Vian Schools for many years. He was also a part of the "McDonalds crew" who met every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for breakfast, he and his buddies referred to it as their office. Ralph touched many lives over the years and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by a loving family which includes his wife of 58 years Carolyn Childs of the home; Son Brian Childs and wife Karen of Cookson, OK; Grandchildren Alyssa Childs of Cookson, OK, Gwendolyn Childs of Cookson, OK and Victor Childs of Cookson, OK; sisters Marie McElhaney and husband Silas of Vian, OK, Freda Graalfs of Princeton, TX and brother Jack Childs of Seminole, OK. Several friends and other relatives also survive him.
Dear Carolyn and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your husband was a very sweet, personable man and you two make the people around you happy too. Much love to all of you during this difficult time!
Kathyt BufordHulbert, OK
Dear Carolyn, I am so sorry for your loss. Your husband was such a kidder and always had a smile on his face. My sincere condolence on your loss. Much love to you!
Laura Sequichie-HensonTahlequah, OK
Sending each of you my deepest Sympathies and heartfelt Prayers as you mourn the loss of your Husband, Best Friend, Father, Grandpa, Brother, and Uncle. He is missed by many...Many Prayers. Rest in Peace, Leroy.
Denise WisleySeminole, OK
My deepest sympathy goes out to your family . Mr.Childs was an awesome person and all the kids at Vian ,including my 3 sons loved him dearly. He always asked me if I had coffee ready. He will be deeply missed . Great person with a big heart.
Marie CragheadVian, OK
Jake NoisewaterCookson, OK
Dear Carolyn and family - We are so saddened to learn of Ralph's sudden passing. This must be a giant shock for you and the kids. Some of our fond memories of him are his great concern/love for you, the kids and grandkids.
Surely he would you to carry on his legacy of joy in the moment. Our country will be forever grateful for his dedication to military service.
Bob and Martha TrickeyLake Oswego, OR
We are so sorry to loose a good neighbor. You all will be in our prayers
Pat and Kayla Hanson
Pat and Kayla HansonCookson, OK
Larry and Jane KinhGote, OK
I’m so sorry for your loss. When I was teaching at Vian High School, I always enjoyed the days that Ralph came to sub. My husband is retired Army and we would share our Army stories at lunch. When Ralph subbed in my classroom, I knew the students were in good hands. He was a good guy!
Linda BennettEdmond, OK
Jeremy NanceGregory, AR
Condolences to the Child's family. Mr. Childs always had a smile on his face and would ask about others. He was always so personable and will be remembered as a kind soul.
Stephanie ShieldnightGore, OK
Ralph was my neighbor and friend. As part of the Vian School family, he touched the lives of many students by teaching them responsibility and respect by example. He was more than a substitute teacher. He was a mentor and a friend. The life lessons he shared will be in their hearts forever. I am thankful to have had him in my life.
Patricia StrattonPark Hill, OK