Funeral Services for Ralph Barclay, age 88, of Wayne, will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Wayne on Friday at 10:30 a.m. Visitation will be at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Wayne on Thursday from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. with family present. Interment with Military Rites will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne. He passed away on Monday at a Sioux City Hospital. Memorials may be directed to the Ralph and Ann Barclay Athletic Scholarship Fund in care of the Wayne State College Foundation. Arrangements are with Hasemann Funeral Home of Wayne.
Dr. Ralph (Tiny) Edgar Barclay died peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by family in Sioux City, IA on July 2, 2018, at the age of 88. Ralph was born September 30, 1929, in Macomb, Illinois to Ralph Edgar Sr. and Opal Orebaugh Barclay. His studies at Bradley University, where he played offensive tackle and linebacker, were interrupted by the Korean war. After his Army service in Korea, he returned to Bradley, where he met and married the bride of his dreams, Ann Cover, December 27, 1951, at the Lutheran Church in Peoria, IL. He completed Bachelor and MEd degrees. He taught and coached in Galva, Illinois, then Carthage College and Western Illinois University. In 1963, they moved to New York where Ralph completed an EdD at Columbia University, was a scout for The New England Patriots, and taught at Trinity. In 1965, Ralph joined the faculty of Wayne State College where he taught and coached football and swimming for thirty-five years. For fourteen years his defensive teams at Wayne State were ranked nationally in the top ten. He chaired the Division of Health Human Performance and Leisure Studies and added Sports Management, Athletic Training and Wellness. He was elected to The Wayne State Hall of Fame’ as well as the Nebraska High Schools Hall of Fame. He was elected to the Wayne City Council and an active member of Our Savior Lutheran Church. He felt one of his most memorable experiences was serving as an Olympic Official, in Atlanta, in 1996. He loved to coach, travel, hunt, fish and was even a gourmet cook. His children and grandchildren enriched his life greatly.
He felt one of his greatest accomplishments was establishing full time teachers and full-time coaches at Wayne State, which enabled the professors to concentrate on their students’ learning, and not be distracted by coaching. He started Fitness for the Elderly and designed the Fitness Trail of Wayne.
Ralph was one of the most honest, loyal and kind-hearted individuals ever. He loved going to as many of his grandchildren’s events as possible, even if it meant he had to park his car right next to the front door, or on a hill, to see as best he could. His morning coffee with the guys was a highlight of his day, as were his daily drives around town visiting great friends. He was a character and loved by all. He was a man who made a great difference for the good in the lives of his friends and family.
Ralph is survived by his daughter, Patty (Barclay) Wieland of Wayne; five grandchildren, Shelly Justi, Jamie (Backstrom) Travis Dunn, Alex (Jessica) Wieland, Leslie Backstrom and Dillon Wieland; six great grandchildren, Noah, Isaiah, Emily, Jack, Erin and Braxton; sister, Pat (Barclay) Williams; and four nieces and two nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his awesome wife, Ann; daughters, Lesa Backstrom in 2013 and Cathy Justi in 2015; and brothers, Doug Barclay and Roger Barclay.