The Rev. Ralph Edgar Faber, 83, of Princeton, Illinois, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at Liberty Village in Princeton.
He was born Jan. 20, 1936, at his home in La Moille, Illinois, during a monthlong blizzard, the son of Henry Frederick and Rosalia Agnes (Meisel) Faber. He married Ruth Joanne Morris on July 18, 1954, in Van Orin, Illinois. She survives in Princeton. They shared 64 years together.
Also surviving are sons Raymond (Melinda) Faber of Crawfordsville, Indiana, John (Abby) Faber of Cissna Park, Illinois, and Ralph (Angela) Faber of Princeton; daughter Lynn (Daniel) Rasmussen of Manlius, Illinois; grandchildren Ronald, Michael, Tessa, Will, April, Layne, Dale and Reese; and great-grandchildren Logan, Tristan, and Aubrey and brother Jerry (Glenda) Faber of Jackson, Missouri.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson Richard Faber, brother Norman Faber, and sister Shirley Rod.
Ralph graduated from Amboy High School with the Class of 1953. In 1968 he graduated from Huntington College, Huntington, Indiana, with a Bachelor of Bible and Religion degree. He took a course at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield in 1971 and earned his Master of Christian Ministry at the School of Christian Ministry, Huntington, in 1992. In 2018 he celebrated his 50th college reunion.
He ministered at the Evangelical United Brethren (EUB) Church, Balbec, Indiana, from 1965-67, EUB Church, Monroeville, Indiana, from 1967-70, United Brethren (UB) Church, Manlius, Illinois, from 1970-73, UB Mission, Quincy, Illinois, from 1973-77, UB Churches of Rockford/Leaf River from 1977-79, UB Church, Abilene, Kansas, from 1981-89, UB Church, Claytonville, Illinois, from 1989-1999 and UB Church of Manlius from 2001-05.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, at Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton, Illinois. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, February 16, 2019 at First United Methodist Church in Princeton with the Rev. Steven Barber officiating. Burial will be in Restland Cemetery in Mendota, Illinois.
Memorials may be directed to donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to www.grant-johnsonfh.com.