Ralph Daniel FallinSeptember 13, 1931 ~ June 2, 2017 (age 85)
Ralph Daniel Fallin, age 85, of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, died suddenly on Friday, June 2, 2017, at his home. He was born in 1931 in Roanoke, AL, to Richard and Bernice Fallin. He graduated from Handley High School, and retired from Borden’s Dairy as Branch Manager of the Fort Walton Beach office. He earned recognition on the Borden’s Honor Roll of Champions. Ralph is preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, and 3 sisters. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 52 years, Barbara Moore Fallin; his brother Doug Fallin; his sisters Shirley Miller and Doris Anderson; his four children, Wade Fallin (spouse Kathy), Cathi Fallin, Cindy Pergrim (spouse Jerry), and Dani Herfel (spouse Christopher); his 7 grandchildren, Jennifer Jaress, Vikki Thompson, Tommi Fallin, Cory Pergrim, Evan Pergrim, Bryce (Daniel) Herfel and Kellen Herfel; four great-grandchildren, Summer Jaress, Jessa Jaress, RJ Thompson, Zoey Thompson; and his “adopted” daughter Jeanne Laidlow (spouse Lynn), and children Kristen and Brett. Ralph was deeply loved by so many for his humor, generosity, hard work, faith, and loyalty. He served in the US Army in the 101st Airborne Infantry and the Alabama National Guard. He was an enthusiastic member of the Krewe of Bowlegs for 49 years, including reigning as Captain Billy Bowlegs, XXXII. Ralph was also a dedicated Rotarian (including past President), who took great pride in his 36-year perfect attendance record. He felt very fortunate to have served on the crew hosting the Bob Hope Benefit Shows here in the 1980s that supported the AF Enlisted Men’s Widows and Dependents Home Foundation. He also served on the Grievance Committee of the 1st Judicial Circuit for the Florida Bar Association. His other organizational memberships included the Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Human Society, and the Masonic Lodge. His membership and service as an Elder at First Presbyterian Church was deeply important to him, particularly his participation in the men’s group and golf group. Ralph loved golfing, fishing, being with family, researching genealogy, church activities, and all things Bowlegs. A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Walton Beach on Thursday, June 8. Viewing will begin at 12:30 PM and the service will start at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the First Presbyterian Church, 134 SW Beal Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32548.