Ralph E. Stokes, 90, Vero Beach

Ralph E. Stokes, 90, died May 20, 2011, at the Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach.

He was born in Cleveland and lived in Vero Beach for 13 years, coming from Oklahoma City.

He graduated with a bachelor of arts in music education from Baldwin Wallace College.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a naval aviator.

He retired from the Department of Transportation, National Transportation Safety Board division.

Survivors include his daughter, Sallie Kaible, of Long Island, N.Y.; sons, Ralph E. Stokes III, of Oklahoma City, David L. Stokes, of Vero Beach and Keith D. Stokes, of Long Island, N.Y.; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.

No services are planned locally.

Arrangements are by Cox-Gifford-Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory in Vero Beach.

A guestbook is available at www.seawindsfh.com/obituaries.php

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