Rockford Morning Star, Tuesday, March 7, 1872 secition B page 12
FATHER OF 6 FOUND DEAD IN AUTOMOBILE
Donald G. Ralston, 39, 1662 7th Ave., was found dead inside a car in his garage by three of his six children late Sunday.
Ralston's wife, Marguerite, told police her husband had been drinking all day Sunday. after an argument Sunday night, he went to the car, which he bought for his daughter Debbie, 17, and told no one to disturb him, she said.
Two hours later, three of Ralston's children went to the garage to pursuade him to return to the house.
They found Ralston in the car with the motor running, the heat blower turned on and the windows rolled up. The youngsters pulled him from the car and garage but could not revive him. Police, who received a call from Mrs. Ralston, were also unable to revive Ralston.
Winnebago County Coroner Collens Y. Sundberg said a coroner's inquest will be scheduled in the death which he termed an apparent suicide.
Survivors include his widow; a son Carl; five daughters, Debra, Paula, Beverly, Kimberly and Linda, all at home; his brother John, Batavia, Iowa; a brother David, Rockford; and two sisters, Mrs Irene Marcusson, Allerton, Iowa and Mrs. Viola Howell, South Greenfied, Mo.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Fred C. Olson Mortuary, 1001 2nd Ave.
Obituary from the same page:
RALSTON -- Donald G. Ralston, 39, 1662 7th Ave., died Sunday evening, March 5, 1972, in the garage of his home from carbon monoxide fumes. Born Oct. 12, 1932, in Sewell, Iowa, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Ralston. Lived 24 years in Rockford, coming here from Sewell, Iowa. Married to the former Marguerite Carlson in Rockford, May 9, 1953. Employed as an assembler by national Detroit Co.
Survivors include: his widow, Marguerite; one son, Carl, and five daughters, Debra, Paula, Beverly, Kimberly and Linda, all at home; his father, John, Batavia, Iowa; a brother, David, Rockford, and two sisters, Mrs. Irene Marcusson, Allerton, Iowa, and Mrs. Viola Howell, South Greenfield, Mo.
Services at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, in Fred C. Olson Mortuary, 1001 2nd Ave., with Rev. Paul W. Anhalt, pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial in Willwood Burial Park. Friends may call at the mortuary from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
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