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Happy Birthday to Ralph Calvert, a local icon, who spent years catering to the Vandalia, Fillmore and Hillsboro public through culinary skills; his
creativity measured by the taste buds of regulars, occasional fare seekers and travelers alike.
80 years ago, Ralph¹s parents might have guessed that he would be so successful and cherished by so many; leaving a lasting legacy of lineage spread across thousands of miles, two continents and five states.
His five children Marsha, Cathy, Lisa, Christy and Kevin have given their father 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren, ensuring that Ralph will always be honored.
The 34-strong Calvert offspring and spouses descended upon Vandalia from both coasts, and as far away as England, for a gala of Ralph’s vibrant and continuing life.
In addition to immediate family and extended family, friends and guests were invited to Moose Lodge #1447 on April 15, 2012, to celebrate in style.
More than 100 showed up to ensure Ralph was wished a happy day and blessings for many more to come.
Weeks of secret festivities preparation, to ensure Ralph was unaware and
surprised, went into planning the successful event.