Ralph Coulthard Obituary

Ralph Elmer Coulthard
Ralph E. Coulthard
Ralph Elmer Coulthard

October 16, 1927 - August 5, 2010
Born in Taylor County, IA
Resided in Grimes, IA
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Ralph Elmer Coulthard, 82, passed from this life on Thursday, August 5, 2010 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., on Monday, August 9, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Grimes, where the family will greet friends for one hour prior to the service Monday. Interment will take place at Sunny Hill Cemetery in Grimes.

Ralph was born on October 16, 1927, in Taylor County, IA, to Lewis Robert and Josephine Margaret (Kuefner) Coulthard. He was an army veteran of the Korean Conflict serving as corporal in France until he was honorably discharged. On August 6, 1955, Ralph married Dorothy Blake in Clearfield, IA until their divorce in 1970. Shortly after their marriage he adopted her daughter, Judith. He farmed and lived in Taylor County until 1959, when he moved to Grimes. For 27 years Ralph was employed in the Production Research Department with Pioneer Seed Company, retiring on September 1, 1986. In his earlier years, Ralph was a talented roller skater and bowler. In his retirement he enjoyed woodworking.

He is survived and lovingly remembered by his daughter, Judith (Evan) Bartelt of Waukee; three grandchildren, Joy (Shawn) Watson of Westminster, CO, and Kara (Michael Chung) Bartelt and Brian (Marta Costello) Bartelt both of Los Angeles, CA; one great-granddaughter, Audrey Bartelt Chung and several cousins. In 1975 he met his dearest friend, Nadine Britson of Dallas Center and was very close to her children, Dennis Britson of Des Moines and Diane Britson of Killeen, TX. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Robert Dietrich Coulthard; and one great-grandson, Riley Sterling Watson.

The family has respectfully requested that any memorials be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church in Grimes, of which he was a member.

ARRANGEMENTS BY ILES FUNERAL HOMES ~ BRANDT DALLAS CENTER CHAPEL.

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Visitation
St. Peter Lutheran Church
1001 S. James Street, P.O. Box 95
Grimes, IA US 50111
Monday, August 9, 2010
1:00 PM
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Service
St. Peter Lutheran Church
1001 South James Street, P.O. Box 95
Grimes, IA US 50111
Monday, August 9, 2010
2:00 PM
Cemetery
Sunny Hill Cemetery
SE Jacob Street and SE 6th Street
Grimes, IA US 50111
Monday, August 9, 2010

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St. Peter Lutheran Church
1001 S. James Street, P.O. Box 95
Grimes, IA 50111