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Ralph Glazner, age 93, passed away January 7, 2022 at Integris Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City, OK just two days shy of his 68th wedding anniversary.
He was born March 11, 1928 in Electra, Texas to Neal and Willie Mae Glazner. After graduating high school at the age of 17, he joined the Navy serving four years during World War II. After his naval service, he attended Texas Christian University from 1949 until 1953. He married the love of his life, Clarice Smelley, January 9, 1954.
He is survived by his wife, Clarice (Smelley) Glazner; their three sons, Ralph Jr. (Debbie), Mike (Kelly) and Steve; as well as six grandchildren, Dana (Brian) Raynard, Jody (Chuck) Dow, Ross, Neal, Allie (Craig) Calvert, and Nick; six great-grandchildren, Conlin, Tyson, Easton, Finn, Casen and Judah. The family is waiting the addition of a great granddaughter, Carter Lynn, any day.
Ralph went into the sales industry working in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. After many years with Keebler Company as a Zone Manager, Ralph retired in Oklahoma City, OK in 1993. He was an involved father and grandfather. He attended countless sporting events, Boy Scout meetings, and school activities. He and Clarice were members of Grace Methodist Church, OKC for 50 years.
He enjoyed golf and loved watching sports, particularly football and basketball. He was a #1 fan for his kids and grandkids. Most of all, Ralph loved his family and friends who were all treated as family. Anyone who met him, soon felt they belonged. He celebrated the wins in life and sat with friends and family through the sad times. Each occasion, whether celebration or mourning, was met with the same steadfast unconditional love. He was an encourager, helping people realize their potential.
He had a story for almost all occasions and a sense of humor with a laugh we all will remember and sorely miss. He created more than lifetime of memories for the family from telling about his childhood, to taming mules, his first date with Clarice (resulting in a broken collarbone), and singing Strawberry Roan at bedtime to each child, grandchild and great-grandchild. As Garth Brooks would sing, the family would say “We could have missed the pain (of losing you), but we would have missed The Dance.”
Visitation will be from 1-8 PM on Friday, January 14th, with the family receiving guests from 5-7 PM at Buchanan Funeral Service. Ralph’s service will be at 2 PM on Saturday, January 15th, at Buchanan Funeral Service. A livestream of the service will also be available on Buchanan’s website. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Skyline Urban Ministries by going to their website https://www.okcskyline.org/ or Springfield Dream Center by going to their website https://www.springfielddreamcenter.com/