Ralph Loren Weeks, age 69 of Butler, Missouri formerly of Lawrence, Kansas died Friday, March 3, 2017 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler. He was born May 16, 1947 to Harold and Dona Weeks in Gravette, Arkansas.
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Ralph moved to Lawrence as a child and stayed there until he received his Bachelor of Electronic Engineering Degree from Kansas University. In the 70's Ralph spent a short time in the Air Force and then he continued working at air bases in Warner-Robbins, Georgia and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Ralph enjoyed spicy foods and liked to make his special chili. He also loved owning and driving sporty cars and trucks. In 2014 he had a massive stroke and lost his ability to use his right side or talk except for saying "Whoa." He handled this handicap with much grace. The past 3 years he resided at the Breezy Meadows where he was known as the "Whoa Whoa Man."
Ralph is survived by his special caregiver and cousin, Linda Zellmer of Amoret, Missouri; an aunt, Irene Welliver of Amoret, Missouri; and many cousins. His cousins Linda, Allison, Aubrie, Oliver and Alisa will miss him very much. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Graveside memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Gravette, Arkansas. Contributions to Guthy Jackson Foundation-NMO. Arrangements under the direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. Online condolences, schowengerdtchapel.com.
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1301 N. Orange St.
Butler, MO 64730
Published in Lawrence Journal-World on Mar. 14, 2017