Ralph Ledesma, 79, of Godfrey, passed away at 6:50 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, at his residence.
He was born on June 10, 1935, in St. Louis, the son of the late Luz and Loretta (Quiroz) Ledesma. He married the former Ellen Wood on March 16, 1966, in Belleville and she survives. Other survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Liza Ledesma of Bethalto; two grandchildren, Tyler Ledesma and Monica Ledesma; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Eleanor and Carl Ijames of Sullivan, Mo., and Kathleen Ledesma of St. Louis; and one brother and sister-in-law, Eugene and Diane Ledesma of Hazelwood, Mo.
He was formerly employed for more than 20 years at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in St. Louis, where he worked in maintenance. Ralph and his wife are also members of Ebenezer Lutheran Church. He loved working on landscaping and doing yard work.
In accordance with his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded. In celebration of his life, memorial services will be held at the United Methodist Village in Godfrey at a later date.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 50 Crestwood Executive Center, No. 401, St. Louis, MO 63126.
Online guestbook available at www.pitchfordfuneralhome.com.
Pitchford Funeral Home in Wood River is in charge of arrangements.