The Curry Coastal Pilot

Ralph E. Black

July 15, 1939 andndash; July 14, 2013

Ralph E. Black, 73, of Brookings, passed away July 14, 2013, in Medford, following a brief illness.

Ralph was born July 15, 1939, in Hamtramck, Mich. to R.S. and Lillian Glowczewski Black.

Following high school, Ralph enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he would serve as a hull technician during two wars, retiring after 20 years of service in 1978.

On July 12, 1958, Ralph married Patricia Beatty in Elizabeth City, N.C. They lived in various locations, including Virginia, Hawaii, South Carolina, Washington and Las Vegas, before moving to Brookings in 2008.

Ralph and Pat enjoyed traveling and cruises, bowling and spending time with family - especially their annual family camping trips with their grandchildren.

Survivors include Patricia, his wife of 55 years, of Brookings; children Karen Severin and her husband Joe of Henderson, Nev., Ralph Black and his wife Chantal of Bowser, British Columbia, Susen Bryant of Poulsbo, Wash., Brenda Grau and her husband Mike of Spokane, Wash., Jeffrey Black of Spokane. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; brother Donald Black and his wife Aurie of Arvada, Colo.; sisters Lucille Curran of Anaheim, Calif. and Edith Deavan of San Antonio, Texas.

Ralph was preceded in death by his brother Robert and granddaughters Stephanie Grau and Elyzabeth Berg.

He was a loving husband, Dad, Granpa, Great-Granpa and brother. And will be missed by all.

At his request, there will be no public service.

Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed online at

Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.