Herbert “Ralph” Cadjew, a resident of Henryetta passed this life on April 29, 2020 at the age of 89. He was born July 21, 1931 in Bixby to Leslie and Effie (McKim) Cadjew. He graduated high school in Whiteface, Tex., after his family moved there several years earlier. He then joined the US Coast Guard in 1950 and served our country for five years. He was a communication specialist in the San Francisco bay. Then served on a destroyer escort as radioman off the west coast of Korea. He received the Korean Service Medal, United Nation Service Medal and the National Defense service Medal. After his honorable discharge he moved back to Texas and married his high school sweetheart, Lila Jean Brown. Ralph owned and supervised cattle operations on the Bar H R Ranch in Lovington, NM for many years the worked as a sales consultant and assistant general manager for American Transfer and Storage (Mayflower) in Dallas, Tex.. From 1973 to 1979 he served as Operations Manager for Central Transfer and storage and then from 1979 to 1995 he owned and operated AAA Express Movers in Abilene Tex., then retiring back to running a ranch and riding around on his tractor. Ralph was a former Scout Master, Past Commander of Post 2012 VFW, honorary member of the FFA, Champion in competition rifle shooting, Shriner and 32 degree Mason. He was a Christian man attending the First United Methodist Church and thought very highly of his Sunday school class.
He is preceded in death by his parents, father and mother in law; Maurine and Garland Brown, sisters: Betty Cole, Katherine Davis and Grace McKay.
He is survived by his children: Leslie Cadjew of Abilene, Tex., Jimmy Garland of Crescent City, Calif., Kent Burrow of Caskey, Calif., Greg Davis of Abilene, Rea Ann Cadjew of Henryetta; eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; sister Sue Taylor of Walnut Creek, Calif.; mother of his children: Lilla Jean; former wives Sandra McNeal and Coleta Cadjew.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. July 21, 2020 at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Kyle Clark officiating. Masonic Rites and Military Honors will be conducted. Services are under the direction of the Rogers Funeral Home.