Ralph Charles Crabtree

Ralph Crabtree, 87, of Shawnee, KS, passed away on September 14th, 2019. Ralph was born on August 5th, 1932 in Kansas City, MO to Chester Dale and Anna Vera Crabtree. 

Those who knew and loved Ralph longed to be in his presence. They wanted to immerse themselves in his one of a kind character that was at the same time soft, loving, compassionate, and selfless, as well as tough, hardnosed, and straightforward. No one ever wondered where they stood with Ralph.

Ralph lived most of the last 30 years of his life with his son, Richard, his daughter-in-law Randi, and their children. The love that existed between him and the other nine people in the house was palpable and others who entered the home were captured by it. The door to Papa’s apartment over the garage was always open, and most of the time someone was up there to solicit advice, to laugh, or to just feel the warmth of his love.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings George, Joe, Doris, Donna, Jim, and Emma Jean and his stepdaughter Kristen.

He is survived by his son Richard (Randi), his grandchildren Ben, Paul, Maggie Meether (Sam), Joe, Will, Rachel, and Gabe. He is also survived by his great granddaughter Anna, stepchildren Kendra and Scott, as well as four step grandchildren and eight step great grandchildren.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 11311 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS 66203 on Saturday, September 21st at 10:00 AM. A rosary will be prayed at 9:30 AM. Interment following Mass will take place at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.


Memorial donations in Ralph’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. 

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5 Comments on “Ralph Charles Crabtree”

  1. Ben Crabtree Says:

    There was never a better friend or grandfather than my Papa. The hole his absence leaves in my heart and my life is immeasurable.

    He lived wholly for those he loved, and those he loved, he loved unconditionally. There was no exception in his later years, when he struggled to even get out of bed without immense pain. He would exert himself to the literal brink of collapse, just to help his family in whatever way he could.
    I will forever cherish the 28 years I got to spend with my incredible Papa. I will especially miss sitting with him for hours on end in his apartment, listening to him telling nearly unbelievable stories from his past, watching World War 2 documentaries, watching the 530 news every night with him and my Dad, eating and drinking snacks he’d bought just for me, and every single time I’d leave the house, he’d load me up with all the groceries and things he’d bought for me since the last time I’d been home (usually no more than a day or two!).
    The only thing Papa wanted in life was for his family to be happy, and he did absolutely everything in his power to make that a reality. The only thing that was ever on his mind was his family, and his hopes and worries for them.

    Words cannot begin to describe how much I will forever miss my Papa.

  2. Michael McCoy Says:

    I’m gonna truly miss the conversations we have Ralph. See ya again down the road! Tell dad hi for us!

  3. Colleen Miller Says:

    You are surely missed Ralph. Your days were too short. I treasure our talks and the legacy that you gave my husband Dave along with his parents. Give Doty, EJ & John, Donna and Max a hug for me. Can’t wait to meet all of the family in heaven. Hey if you can send me any hints on the family tree, please do. Now to the family. I love you. Take care and share all those memories with each other. He loved you and will forever be part of you.

  4. Ron Miller Says:

    Ralph, you were such a big part of my childhood. Your stories and the stories you and my Mom would tell about the past would keep us riveted. I can remember sitting there with Richard & Dave, taking it all in. The way you could deliver a one liner on que without even cracking a smile. Your humor was legendary. The marathon games of pool with my Dad. All the great times. You are missed. To Richard, Randi and all the Family, our deepest condolences. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you. God Bless. Ron, Lisa, Eddie and Henry.


    I can remember Uncle Ralph coming to visit us in Upland when he was still in (or maybe just out of) the Navy. This would be in the early ‘50s when he was just 22 years old or so. I was a little kid at the time and I remember being fascinated by him. I thought he looked so cool in his sailor cap and he had sort of an attitude that impressed me. Fast forward 20 years to after Susan and I were married and then Jessica was born. Jessica, at about age three or four, had an imaginary husband that she called Ben Mountain. She used to talk about all of Ben Mountain’s bad habits—he was apparently exceedingly lazy, for one thing. Uncle Ralph found these Ben Mountain stories hilarious and every time we saw him he would ask Jessica how Ben Mountain was doing. Somehow he managed to keep a straight face while he chatted with her and got her to elaborate in detail on poor Ben Mountain’s shenanigans and shortcomings. It was entertaining for all of us and I think Uncle Ralph more than anyone. We are sad that Uncle Ralph has passed. All the Morgans will miss him. We send our condolences to the family.

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