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Ralph David Brumfield passed on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at Southern Oaks Nursing Home in Pawnee, Ok. A Time for Sharing Memories of Ralph will be Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 3:00pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 2324 W. 26th in Stillwater, OK. Strode Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Ralph was born 23 November 1918 in Yale, OK to Harry S. and Lorena Matilda (Norton) Brumfield. Ralph spent the early part of his work life in building and power construction across the United States. He was married to Betty Jo Beldon on June 21, 1941 in Sapulpa, OK. Ralph then served in the Army Air Force during WWII for 4 years.

The couple lived in Cleveland, Seminole and Woodward, when Ralph was in construction work as a finish carpenter. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Drafting from Oklahoma Agriculture and Mechanical College (OSU) in 1950. They moved to Stillwater permanently in 1951.

He worked as an Associate Professor, in the School of Mechanical Design & Technology, until his retirement in 1986. He was married to Betty Jo for 34 years until her death in 1975. He married Nancy Stewart Evans on May 20, 1977 at the American Embassy in Seoul Korea, and was married to her for 33 years until her death in 2010.

He was a Christian Scientist and attended the 1st Church of Christ Scientist in Stillwater, OK

He is survived by his sister Marie Spurgeon of Ririe, Idaho, and his adopted son Steven Stewart Brumfield, Stillwater; 2 grandchildren: David Allen Murphy, with his wife Christine, and Cynthia Ann Murphy Lazenby; 2 Great grandchildren: Dustin Allen Murphy, Shane Austin Murphy and his wife Mikki Sue. He is preceded in death by his parents Harry S. Brumfield & Lorena Matilda Norton Brumfield, his brother George McClelland Brumfield and his wife Ellen Clifton Brumfield., his wives Betty Jo Brumfield and Nancy Evans Brumfield, his daughter Elizabeth Maureen Murphy and her husband Marvin Leroy Murphy, and Grandson-in-law Curtis Leland Lazenby.

Condolences may be emailed to the family and an online obituary may be viewed by visiting www.strodefh.com.
Published on February 21, 2017
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