Ralph Shumate, age 89, of Waco, passed away Friday, 26, 2019 in Waco. A graveside service will be held at 11am, Saturday, August 3, 2019, at Waco Memorial Park.
Ralph was born July 22, 1930, in Paris, Texas, son of Fred and Kathryn Shumate. He graduated from Waco High School in 1947, and later joined the Army serving our country during the Korean War. One June 20, 1958, he married the love of his life, Wilma, and they raised three children together.
Ralph is best known for his storytelling and deep faith and commitment to the Lord. He shared his faith with everyone he met. He was a Bible scholar in his own right and taught Sunday School most of his adult life. In their retirement years he and Wilma loved to travel and deal in antiques.
Ralph is preceded in death by his parents, wife, Wilma and son, Larry.
Survivors included his daughters, Linda Underwood of Waco, Ellen Self and husband, Cecil of China Spring; sister, Wanda Lippert of Hewitt; grandchildren, Michael Underwood and fiancé, Kim Holt, Carrie Jones and husband, Darren, Nathan Self and wife, Julie and Mandy Renfrow and husband, Brandon; 8 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the staff at St. Anthony's Care Center and the doctors and nurses at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest.
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