Ralph Dewitt Claflin passed away Aug. 27, 2017, at Columbia Basin Care Center of The Dalles, Ore. Ralph was born Dec. 6, 1927, and was 89 years of age at the time of his passing. He was a 50-plus year resident of Hood River, Ore.
Ralph was born in Amiton, N.D., to Oscar Dewitt and Hazel (Jeffers) Claflin. They later moved to Harrison, Idaho, in the Coeur d’Alene area.
After serving in the Marines from 1946-1948, he started his career working for several different phone companies in many different capacities. He retired from United Telephone / Sprint in 1992.
In 1953, Ralph married Lois Johnson, who was a telephone operator. They were married 61 years until her death in 2014.
Ralph and Lois were involved in many different activities, from the Wy’East Whirlers, Lions Club and Eagles Club. The also enjoyed their family farm, raising animals and gardening, and traveling to see family and friends.
Ralph is survived by four children, David Claflin of Norfolk, Va., Dixie Arrington of Parkdale, Ore., Ken Claflin of Hood River and Dayne Weatherill of Hood River, brother Roger Claflin of Kellogg, Idaho, nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ralph was preceded in death by his wife, Lois, parents, Oscar and Hazel, daughter Donna Bailey, and several brothers and sisters.
Services were planned for 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 1 at Idlewilde Cemetery, 970 Tucker Road, Hood River.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center Celilo Chapel, 204 E. Fourth St., The Dalles. Visit www.AndersonsTributeCenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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