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Ralph “Bill” Cline was born Jan. 27, 1937, in Seabrook, Texas, the son of Edward Riley Cline, Sr. and Lucille Brummerhop Cline.

He was a 1955 graduate of Webster High School where he graduated as Salutatorian of his class.

Ralph continued his education at Lee College of Baytown where he earned two Associate Degrees. 

He then served his country in the United States Navy in the South Pacific. 

Ralph worked for the Texas City Refinery and was in the refinery when it exploded in the late 1970’s. He later retired from the refinery, which is now Valero, after more than 35 years with the company.

A Lutheran by faith, Ralph was united in marriage with Bettie Grimes on July 15, 1964.

He loved spending time on his farm, Steeple Hill Farm, in Praha, Texas, polka dancing, and spending time with his grandchildren. He also enjoyed floundering in Galveston, camping and tubing down the Frio River at Garner State Park, and road trips to Colorado. 

Ralph passed away peacefully at his daughter’s home Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, surrounded by his loving family after his long battle with cancer at the age of 73.

Ralph is survived by his daughter Terra Machacek and her husband, Rick, of Bellville; stepson Robert Cooper and his wife, Debbie, of Pasadena; stepdaughter Tyra Creed and her husband, Rusty, of La Porte; grandchildren Brennen, Brittany, Breanne, Branden, Chelsea, Courtney, Steven, Ryan, Blaine and Shelby. Ralph is also survived by his sisters Jeannette Quinn and her husband, Jack, of Brenham and Emma Lou Gilmore and her husband, Darwin, of Cypress; brother Donald Cline and his wife, Dianne of Florida.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bettie Jean Cline in 2001, his parents, and his brother, Edward Cline, Jr.

Graveside service, 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010, Grand View Memorial Park Cemetery, Pasadena, Texas.

Pallbearers, Branden Machacek, Ricky Machacek, Steven Creed, Rusty Creed, Ryan Cooper , Blaine Cooper.

Honorary pallbearer: Brennen Machacek.

Interment: Grand View Memorial Park Cemetery, Pasadena.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home, P.O. Box 610, 12029 Hwy 36 South, Bellville, Texas 77418, (979)865-2424,


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