Born 12-21-1921 -- Died 2-22-2007
Ralph Edward Burrow died Feb. 22, 2007, in San Jose, Calif. Burrow was born in Mission, Kan., Dec. 21, 1921; and was raised in the foothills of the Ozarks, Mammoth Spring.
He was the oldest son of John Lee and Florence Ellen (Stevenin) Burrow.
Like many country boys who wanted to see the world, Ralph joined the Navy in 1939. During a 20 year career his assignments included duty on WWII patrol craft in the North African theater, submarines, aircraft carriers and a wide variety of Naval schools in the fields of mechanics, welding, diving and electronics. In the last years of his Naval service he joined a select team of computer pioneers working at Univac to develop the first Naval Tactical Data System, (NTDS). This historic project changed the nature of modern Naval warfare.
Once retired from the U.S. Navy, Ralph continued his association with NTDS by working with the Navy as a civilian to help deploy NTDS to the fleets of the U.S. and it's NATO allies. This new career included several diplomatic assignments representing the U.S. at NATO meetings in Europe. Ralph had a zeal for anything electronic and mechanical. He once wrote home from a shipboard assignment, "Please send any tractor manuals you have laying around, I am too bored to sleep."
He loved fishing, ham radio, raising German Shepherds, and travel and pursued these interests into his second retirement.
Nina Lou (Pope), Ralph's wife of 56 years, died in 2001 near their home in Kerrville, Texas. Nina was the daughter of Virgil Linton and Ora Mae (Stallings) Pope. The couple spent their retirement years pursuing their passion for travel and motor-homing, with several trips to Alaska, winters in Key West, Florida, and many, points in between.
Burrow is survived by: his only child, Patricia Diane Burrow, and her husband, Richard Grialou, of San Jose, Calif.; and grandchildren, Evelyn Leigh Croix, of Atlanta, Ga., Jeff Grialou and wife, Tina of San Jose, Calif., Michael Grialou and wife Chris Musser of Portland, Ore.; and five great-grandchildren.
His surviving siblings include: Florence Corinne Bresina of Merritt Island, Fla., Mary Lou Dame of Williamsburg, Mo., Wilma Irene and husband, Bob Mills of Arlington, Wash., John Lee Burrow, Jr. and wife Judy of Fayetteville, Ark., Anita Mae Van Winkle of Mammoth Spring, Lovey Holland of Nap-les, Fla., and sister-in-law Sue Burrow of Winnemucca, Nev.
He was preceded in death by a brother, James Farrell Burrow who died in 2005; and his first grandchild, Allen Lee Croix, who died in 1995.
Interment will be with his family in Riverside Cemetery in Mammoth Spring with the arrangements being made under the direction of the Carter Funeral Home in Thayer. Arrangements in San Jose are under the direction of Byrgan Cremation, Los Gatos, Calif.
The family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association in lieu of flowers: Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, Ill. 60601-7633.