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Ralph J. Cave Jr.

Ralph J. Cave Jr. 69 of rural Ottawa passed away Thursday morning (Dec. 11th) at St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.
A visitation will be held Sunday from 3 – 7 PM at the Grand Ridge Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 AM at the funeral home.  Burial will be in the Grand Ridge Cemetery.
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Jim Stricklin, Joe Mish, Leonard Johnson and Walter Johnson.  Active will be Randy Michelini, Pete Sutton, Matthew Kaup, Ralph J. Cave III, Kent Callahan, Joshua T. Cave, Andrew and Aaron Buckley, Jaxson Callahan and Edward Cave.
Ralph was born on April 6, 1945 in Streator to Ralph J. and Lucille (Johnson) Cave Sr.  He married Elizabeth (Betty) Sutton on December 18, 1966 and she survives.
Also surviving are daughters Debra (Michael) Buckley of Grand Ridge and Judith (Kent) Callahan of Ottawa, sons Ralph J. Cave III of Grand Ridge, Jacob Russell Cave of Cleveland, OH and Joshua T. (Krystal VanDoren) Cave of Ottawa, 10 grandchildren, Andrew, Aaron, Elizabeth, Olivia, Edward, Jaxson, Josie, Kennedy, Nora and Dante, sisters Bonnie (Art) Smith of Edelstein, IL and Kathy (David) Kaup of Metamora and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Ralph graduated from Streator High School in 1963 and served in the US Army during Vietnam in the 101st Airborne.  He formerly owned Telecom Powers Systems in Grand Ridge and farmed in the Grand Ridge and Ransom area and was a member of the Ottawa American Legion and VFW.
Memorials may be directed to the Grand Ridge Emergency Fund or the Grand Ridge Fire Department.

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Betty Jo and "girls", I am so sorry to hear about Ralph.  Even tho I was young, I really enjoyed being around you and Ralph in church.  Always fun to be around. I hope that you can find comfort in the fact that he is in peace now.  Treasure the memories.

Molly (Long) Zigan Dec 14 2014 12:00 AM