Ralph Hendricks Justice, 85, of Walla Walla, Wash., died Feb. 23, 2000, at the Jonathon M. Wainwright Memorial Veterans Medical Center in Walla Walla.
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Mr. Justice was born July 13, 1914, in West Clarkston, Wash., to James G. and Amanda C. Cox Justice. He attended schools in Enterprise and worked in the area after graduating from Enterprise High School in 1932.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1941 and served as an airplane maintenance technician with the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was stationed in the European Theater, including in France, Tunisia, Sicily and Central Europe. A sergeant, he was discharged in 1945 and received the Bronze Star, Good Conduct and American Defense Service medals.
In 1946, he married Edna Mae Renfrow in Walla Walla. He was a foreman with Continental Can and retired after 30 years. Mrs. Justice died in 1972.
A special interest was race horses, and he races his own thoroughbreds. He also enjoyed crossword puzzles and was an avid reader. He was former member of the VFW Post No. 992, BPOE No. 287 and FOE No. 26.
Survivors include two stepdaughters, Peggy Sullivan of Spokane and Sally Martin of Meridian, Idaho; a stepson, Charles Hunter of Tortola, British Virgin Islands; a brother, George Justice of Enterprise; his longtime companion, Josephine Grassi; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers and four sisters.
Funeral services were held Monday, Feb., 27, at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home in Walla Walla, with burial following in Mountain View Cemetery.
Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, March 2, 2000 Page 2
Contributed by: Sue Wells
Transcribed by: Gary Jaensch