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Ralph Thacker, Sr.

May 4, 1947 - May 23, 2021

Ralph Thacker, Sr of Montvale passed away on Sunday May 23, 2021.

Born May 4, 1947, in Holden, WV., he is preceded in death by his father, Lawrence Thacker and mother, Evelyn Hill Thacker; daughters, Kelli and Krystal; and sons, Juston and Ralph Jr.

He is survived by son Matthew, brother Lawrence, sisters Lynda, Gale, and Joyce.

Ralph worked in the coal mines of WV and in car sales in Roanoke, but he was most proud of his service to his country. He was a decorated US marine who served his country during the Vietnam War. Ralph received the purple heart along with the silver and bronze stars for his valor.

He found peace later in life by building his dream town which happened to be inspired by all the western movies he loved to watch. He found joy and happiness in riding horses with family and friends. He spent years passing his knowledge and love down to his granddaughter.

In recognition of his service and the family sacrifices of many, his granddaughter, Madison Hartman, is requesting donations be made to New Freedom Farms, a non-profit organization supporting veterans who suffer with PTSD through equine therapy. Donations can be made at Newfreedomfarm.org or by mail to P.O. Box 125 Buchanan, Va., 24066.

Condolences & Tributes

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To my younger brother whom we both served in Vietnam and worked in the coal mines, I shall ever remember you. As I stood by your bedside for 4 days and held your hand and prayed that God would receive you into his glory up until you took your last breath. It was an honor to attend your funeral and burial at Arlington, Va with full military honors alongside with my wife, sons and friends. Many tragedies in your life but you fought the good fight. Proud to call you my brother.....Love you, Lawrence

Posted by Lawrence Thacker on November 15, 2021

Well my friend at 1100 hours today November 2, 2021 you will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery our nations highest tribute to our military men & women who served their country well... and you my friend did just that serving numerous tours of duty in Vietnam. It was a true honor & privilege to have known you and call you our dear friend... Semper Fi!

Posted by Wes & Jean Coulliette, USN, Ret. on November 2, 2021

Well my friend at 1100 hours today November 2, 2021 you will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery our nations highest tribute to our military men & women who served their country well... and you my friend did just that serving numerous tours of duty in Vietnam. It was a true honor & privilege to have known you and call you our dear friend... Semper Fi!

Posted by Wes & Jean Coulliette, USN, Ret. on November 2, 2021

I am very sorry to hear about Ralph's passing. I don't know if the family remember but I am LCPL Juston Thacker's mom. I am leaving my phone # for the family. 304-952-5917

Posted by Sharon Thacker Bowling on August 4, 2021

Ralph was in my fire team the year before and during Vietnam. Absolutely the best point man I knew of. During the time Ralph was recovering from a gun shot wound, and then rejoining us, I felt I was operating with one boot off. I very much treasure having been able to stay in contact with him after Vietnam. Fair winds and following seas my friend. John Mabry

Posted by John Mabry on July 19, 2021

I truly hope you are at peace now. You will be missed.

Posted by Mike and Susan Woods on June 26, 2021

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