Ralph Wilcox passed away peacefully on April 4, 2017, after a three year illness. He was born to the late Charles and Eleanor Wilcox in Kenosha, WI on January 2, 1929. He entered the U.S. Army in 1946, serving two years in General MacArthur's headquarters in the Occupation of Japan. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1949 and served through the Korean War. In 1953, he joined the US Air Force Reserve in the 440th Troop Carrier Wing, Milwaukee, and was called to active duty for the Cuban Missile Crises, retiring in 1968.
In September of 1957, he married Carol Joyce Schneider in Kenosha. In 1998, they settled in Vacaville where Ralph was active in the community. He belonged to AMVETS, volunteered with the Vacaville Police Dept. and had a passion for genealogy.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Carol and one son, Brian (Maritz) of San Jose, CA; and daughter, Beth Ellen Dovi (Robert) of Davis, and one grandchild, Liam Cory Wilcox of San Jose. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Hubert and 2nd Lt. Charles F. Wilcox, killed in Germany, December 6, 1944, during WWII, and four sisters, Lois Wilcox, Eleanor Doherty, Helen Smith and Grace Vicek.
A funeral service for the family will be private. He will be laid to rest at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery at a later date.