Bloomington- Ralph Lloyd Isham, 92, of Bloomington passed away
on Friday, December 30, 2011 after a short illness. Per Ralph's
wishes cremation rites will be accorded. A memorial service will be
held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 at St. John's Lutheran
Church in Bloomington with the Rev. James E. Reents officiating.
Private family inurnment will take place at St. John's Lutheran
Church Columbarium. The family will receive friends from 10 am
until the time of the service on Thursday at the church. In lieu of
flowers, memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church in
Ralph was born on October 8, 1919 in Oakland, California, the
son of Ralph and Olive (Solomonson) Isham. He graduated from
Freemont High School in 1938.
Soon after graduation he began work at Wells Fargo Bank in San
Francisco, where in 1940 he met his future wife, Pearl Carson.
In 1951 he went to work for the Standard Oil Company of
California, retiring some 34 years later as a financial analyst for
their subsidiary, the Chevron Chemical Company.
Ralph and Pearl were married on February 23, 1946 at
Norwegian Lutheran Church in San Francisco. She preceded him in
death on July 16, 2011.
Ralph served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during WWII and
attained the rank of sergeant. He served with distinction in the
Philippines and New Guinea with the 16th Portable Surgical
Hospital, part of the 41st Infantry Division.
Ralph is survived by one son: James (Sue) Isham of Sterling,
Alaska, one daughter: Christine (Gary) Gruber of Bloomington, Five
Grandchildren: Linda Isham of New Jersey, David Isham, Eve Isham,
Ph.D. (Arne Ekstrom, Ph.D.), Priscilla "Bo" Isham, and Ed Isham all
of California. Also surviving are 3 great-grandsons, Insee, Jason
and Tristan of California. His twin sister Miriam Ring of Portland,
Oregon also survives.
In addition to his wife Pearl, Ralph was preceded in death by
Ralph and his family lived most of their lives in San Rafael, CA
where they were active members of Marin Lutheran Church in Corte
Madera, CA. He and Pearl moved to Bloomington in 1993.
He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Bloomington.
Ralph enjoyed time with his family, gardening, travel,
and was a true gentleman.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the
doctors and staff at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington
for their kindness shown to Ralph.
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