Ralph Dooley was born March 13, 1929, in Phoenix, Ariz., to P. F. Dooley and Effie McKinney Dooley. He passed from this life on Tuesday, May 6, 2008, in Tulsa, having reached the age of 79 years, 1 month and 23 days. He attended Belford School, and was a member of the Masonic Greyhorse Lodge 124. He married Vera Lee Christy on Sept. 9, 1951, in Ponca City, and she preceded him in death on Oct. 13, 1977. They moved to the Big Bend area in Osage County in 1954 from Ralston, and he was a rancher and farmer.
Ralph is survived by three sons, Terry Dooley and his wife, Sue, Fairfax, Larry Dooley and his wife, Paula, Ralston and David Dooley and his wife, Nancy, White Oak; six grandchildren, Lacie Clepper, Magnolia, Texas, Amanda Dooley, Fairfax, Melissa Dooley Burbank, Taylor Dooley, Covington, La., Lara Dooley, Ralston and Dana Bennett, Ralston; six great-great grandchildren; three sisters, Ann Brien, Pawnee, Billie Gray, Ralston and Maggie Etheredge, Skiatook; plus a number of other relatives and many friends.
Besides his wife, Vera Lee, he was preceded in death by his parents, P. F. and Effie Dooley; three brothers, his twin brother, Alph Dooley, Jim Dooley and Brice Dooley; and six sisters, Hazel Kay, Helen Langley, Lynn Robinson, two infant sisters and Junie Dooley.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Ralston gym, Ralston, with the Rev. George Weston officiating. Pallbearers will be Don Crabtree, Rock Reese, Berry Keeler, Sam Buford, Bill Bledsoe and Rick Rice. Honorary pallbearers will be H. Bud Miller, Gaylord Hock, Ted Plummer, Leonard Friese, Dale Higgins, Ronnie Rice and Jim Binkley. Interment will be in Highland Cemetery, Pawnee, under the direction of Poteet Funeral Home, Pawnee.