Ralph Farmer of Greenwood, Indiana, passed away on April 20, 2013, following a courageous battle with GIST.
Ralph was born on Jan. 22, 1954, to Charles Eugene and Dorothy Jean (Peachey) Farmer, both deceased, at St. Francis Hospital in Beech Grove. He married Debbie (French) Farmer in August of 1981. The couple has three children: Brooks Michael Farmer, Hayley Jo (Ben) Molin and Marina Ruth Yee. They also have three grandchildren: Ava Elizabeth Yee, Nella Jo Molin & Graeme Emmett Molin.
Ralph graduated from Decatur Central High School in 1972 and lived 41 years in the Decatur Township area in Indianapolis and Camby. He also lived in Martinsville for eight years and most recently resided in Greenwood, for the past 10 years.
Ralph was active in youth sports and through the Decatur Optimist Club helped start the little league football & girl’s basketball programs in Decatur Township. Through many years of his life, he enjoyed coaching young people in various sports–always the encourager and greatest fan.
When Ralph was not coaching, he was playing semi-pro football with the Southwest Indy Hawks, flag football or as a player with the Capitol Oil Softball team. To this day Ralph still holds the record for most interceptions in a high school football game at Decatur Central. In his latter years, Ralph enjoyed skiing, golf, cycling and shuffleboard with friends. He was also the family navigator and “bait loader” on fishing trips.
In 1978, Ralph & brother Jeff purchased Hoosier Equipment Service Inc. and have maneuvered through the environmental construction business for 35 years. In just the past few years niece Heidi has become Ralph’s business partner and trusted friend. Ralph made friends wherever business took him and he cherished those relationships. Ralph’s integrity in business carried over to all parts of his life. If he told you he was going to do something, you did not doubt that it would be done–you could depend on what he said, all the time.