Ralph D. Thrash, 76, died May 15, 2014, at Hospice House, Hutchinson. He was born Feb. 6, 1938, in Stratford, Okla., the son of Howell and Buenos (Ayers) Thrash.
Ralph graduated from Wichita West High School and then attended Friends University. On Oct. 29, 1955, he married Joan Duryee Crawford in Wichita. He and Joan lived in Wichita at that time.
In 1968, they moved to Peabody where they owned the grocery store until 1980. They then moved to Hutchinson and owned the Jack and Jill Grocery from 1980 until 1987. In 1993, he started Sunset Pawn, which he was currently a co-owner of and was semi-retired.
Ralph was a member of Eastwood Church of Christ and was a member of the former South Hutchinson Lions Club.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joan Thrash; sons, Russell Thrash and wife, Suzanne, of Wichita, Scott Thrash and wife, Carol, and Darin Thrash, all of Hutchinson; brother, Gary Thrash of Bethany, Okla.; sisters, Dowanna Harrison of Bethany and Donnal Mitchel of Henrietta, Texas; 11 grandchildren, Jeromy Thrash, Stephanie Ricketts, Jamie Washburn, Torie Thrash, Travis Thrash, Trevor Thrash, Derek Thrash, Stacia Biel, Tasha Thrash, Angel Thrash, and Eric Pettay; 13 great-grandchildren; and his two dogs, Pierre and Sophia.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Tracy Thrash; grandson, Chris Thrash; brothers, Harold Richard Thrash and Ross Eugene Thrash; and a sister, Nellie Thrash.
Funeral service was at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 17, 2014, at Eastwood Church of Christ with Jimie-Wray Mead and Duane Eggleston presiding. Burial followed in Memorial Park Cemetery. Family greeted friends Friday at Elliott Mortuary.
Memorials may be made to Eastwood Church of Christ or Hospice House in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501. Please visit www.elliottmortuary.com to leave a personal message for Ralph’s family.