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Ralph was born Feb. 23, 1929, to Curtis and Beatrice (McCann) Kidwell and raised in Loogootee, Indiana. He was a farmer and also former owner of the Black Beam Bar. He was a United States Army veteran, serving in the Korean War.
He enjoyed watching sports, going to the horse races, camping, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his son, Ralph Curtis Kidwell; parents, Curtis and Beatrice Kidwell; brother Robert Kidwell; and sisters Dorothy Smith and Laverne Risacher.
He leaves his wife Ruth (Hembree) Kidwell; sons James and Joe Kidwell; daughters Karen Kidwell, Linda Stoll, Ellen Bruner, Glena Kidwell, Carol Overly, and Marla Funk. He is also survived by stepchildren Tina Ziegler and Rick Ziegler, and Debbie Zink; his sister Jeanne Parsons; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. J. Kenneth Walker at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Visitation will be held Thursday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial and military rights will follow at St. Mary - Barr Township.
Condolences can be made at www.blakefuneralhomes.com
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