Ralph C. Atwell, Sr., 82, of Freetown and a longtime resident of Monrovia, passed away April 12, 2020 at home. Ralph was born February 8, 1938, in Indianapolis, to the late Walter and Orpha (Long) Atwell. He married the love of his life Geneva Gregory April 8, 1972.
Ralph proudly served in the United States Airforce. From 1955-1957 he was in the Airforce Reserves and from 1957-1965 Ralph served in the Airforce full time. After getting out of the military, Ralph was a diesel mechanic at Yellow Freight for 32 years. Ralph and Geneva were members of Eternal Life Baptist Church for many years until moving to Freetown, Indiana in 2007. They found a new church home in Freetown, Freetown Baptist Church where Ralph was a Trustee.
Ralph lived life to the fullest. He was an avid outdoors man. Ralph taught Hunters Ed in Hendricks County and shotgun safety for the Boy Scouts. He was also a hunter, fisher man, and a member of the NRA. Ralph was a family man; he enjoyed passing on his knowledge of the outdoors to his family. While raising his family, Ralph was a Webelos leader, baseball coach, and president of the Monrovia Baseball League. He will be greatly missed by his loving family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Terri Atwell; grandson, Eric Raikes; two sisters; and one brother.
Survivors include his loving wife, Geneva Atwell; sons, Joe (Susan) of Avon, Larry (Susan) of Las Vegas, Nevada, Carl (Tina) of Mooresville, Jon (Kathy) of Martinsville, Ralph Jr. (Cyndi) of Wilkinson, Allen (Dana) of Monrovia; daughters, Cynthia Atwell Elston of Bloomington, Robin (Norvel) Moore of Forrest Hill, Maryland, Devin (Elliott) Adams of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; one brother; four sisters; 26 grandchildren; and 22 great grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, July, 18, 2020, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Stones Crossing Church: 7000 West Stones Crossing Road, Greenwood, Indiana 46143. Memorial contributions may be made to a place of your choice. Visit www.CarlisleBranson.com where you may share a memory or sign the online guest registry.