Official Obituary of

Ralph Ray Pokorny

September 17, 1950 ~ March 24, 2024 (age 73) 73 Years Old

Ralph Pokorny Obituary

On Sunday, March 24, 2024, Ralph Ray Pokorny, surrounded by family and friends, died peacefully at Moore-Few Care Center in Nevada; he was 73.

Born Sept. 17, 1950, Ralph was the oldest of four sons of Richard Delmer "Del” and Eloise Virginia "Betty" (Bound) Pokorny. Graduating from Nevada High School in
1968, he studied Spanish at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, pre-engineering at Fort Scott Community College, electrical engineering at the University Missouri at Rolla as well as communications at Pittsburg State University.

Taking after his mother-a longtime noted "baby" photographer-Ralph ran his own photographic business for many decades, even as he worked for 25 years as a
photojournalist for the Nevada Daily Mail, eventually rising to the position of Editor. Hewas noted for his crisp writing and action shots of sporting events. Since their first
season in 1985, Ralph has been a big booster of the Nevada Griffons baseball team, serving as a board member and taking team photographs for many years.

At the age of 13 Ralph became a HAM Radio operator, a hobby he continued for 60 years.

Ralph is survived by brothers Carl, Terry and wife Nancy and Frank. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, 2024 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Nevada Griffons, either at First National Bank or at Ferry Funeral Home.


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Memorial Service
April 6, 2024

10:00 AM
Ferry Funeral Home Home
Nevada, MO 64772


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