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Mr. Ralph Jay Myers Obituary


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“Ralph, was a true gentleman and we had some wonderful times working at the Illinois Department of Labor. ”
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Myers, Ralph J. age 87, passed away on January 8, 2013.

Born in Carbondale, IL on October 20, 1925, to Lawrence Emery Myers (Satch) and Bertha
Constance Miller (Mimi), he was the youngest of five children and was preceded in death by siblings Eileen Myers Douglass, James
Emery Myers, John Dillon Myers, and Mary Myers Winter. He graduated from Karnak High School in Karnak, IL and earned his BS Education (1950) and his MS Education (1977) from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL. He served in the Army 1943-1945 at Ft. Knox, KY, and again from 1954-1959 in the Special Services Recreation Division in Nurnberg, Germany, and from 1960-1962 in Panama and Puerto Rico. His career included High School English & Art teacher in Vandalia, IL, Admissions Counselor at Christian College, Columbia, MO; Junior Achievement in Augusta, GA and Oklahoma City, OK; college textbook publisher Appleton-Century-Croft in IL/MO; Principal at Emerson School, Cairo, IL; and as a Compliance/ Hearing Officer for Illinois Department of Labor, from which he retired in 2005 to "enjoy the good life at The Dorchester" in St. Louis. He was truly a bon vivant who possessed and generously shared his joie de vivre with many, most recently his good friends at John's Town Hall in The Dorchester, earning him the title of "Mayor of The Dorchester".
His love of art moved him early on to produce numerous oil and watercolor paintings, which adorned the walls of his family home. His love of music sent him to the Fox, Muny and the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis for numerous theatrical performances and concerts. His love of wine found him in attendance at his nephew Bill's annual Wine Tour in northern California for many years. His love of good food encouraged his talents as a gourmet cook/host of many gatherings (family, social, and political), especially his Christmas parties and monthly luncheons for the staff at The Dorchester. He passed his love of education and reading by sending books to his great-nieces and -nephews on their special occasions in their formative years. His love of travel took him many places, both overseas and in the continental U.S., and provided him many great life experiences.
His love of family defined him as a loving and dutiful son, a caring brother, an attentive and fun uncle, and a special "grandfather" figure to his many great-nieces and great-nephews. Left to mourn his passing and cherish his memory are his sister-in-law Joan Reichert Myers, his nephews Bill Winter (Mia) and David Mattern (Megan), nieces Judi Winter Childers (Donnie), Carol Myers Martz (Jim), Connie Myers, Carla Myers Polizzi (Rick), numerous great-nephews and great-nieces, and many dear friends and colleagues. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. Uncle Ralph, God Bless.
Services: His final wishes were to be cremated, with burial alongside his family, at Pleasant Grove Memorial Park, 31 Memorial Drive, Murphrysboro, IL 62966. Graveside services will be on Saturday, Feb 23, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. Funeral Services are entrusted to Crain Funeral Home. Online condolences at
AmbrusterChapel.com