Dr. Ralph Barclay 88, of Wayne, died Monday, July 2, 2018 at a Sioux City, Iowa hospital.
Services will be held Friday, July 6 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Wayne. The Rev. Jeanne Madsen will officiate.
Visitation will be Thursday, July 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Wayne with family present. Burial with military rites will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne.
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 was born Sept. 30, 1929 in Macomb, Ill. 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 on Dec. 27, 1951 at the Lutheran Church in Peoria, Ill. He completed Bachelor and MEd degrees. He taught and coached in Galva, Ill., 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 35 years. For 14 years his defensive teams at Wayne State were ranked nationally in the top 10. 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 was 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.
Survivors include his daughter, Patty (Barclay) Wieland of Wayne; five grandchildren, Shelly Justi, Jamie (Backstrom) Dunn, Alex 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 wife, Ann; daughters, Lesa Backstrom in 2013 and Cathy Justi in 2015; and brothers, Doug Barclay and Roger Barclay.
Honorary pallbearers will be Kent Stevenson and Jim Potts.
Active pallbearers will be Alex Wieland, Dillon Wieland, Bob Williams, Greg McDermott, Pat Garvin, Kevin Armstrong, Craig Williams and Noah Justi.