Goshen News, Goshen, IN

March 8, 2013

Richard W. ‘Dick’ Ralph

Jan. 29, 1934-March 7, 2013

NEW PARIS — Richard W. “Dick” Ralph, 79, died unexpectedly Thursday afternoon.

He was born Jan. 29, 1934, in Sears, Mich., to John and Virginia (White) Ralph Sr.

He married Ruby M. Swinehart April 22, 1961, in Goshen.

She survives along with a daughter, Barbara (James) Newswanger, Milford; a sister, Loraine (Julian) Thomas, Fenton, Mich.; and two brothers, James (Delores) Ralph, Edwardsburg, Mich., and John (Sally) Ralph Jr., Sebring, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Bonnie Axe.

A 50-year resident of New Paris, Mr. Ralph graduated from high school in Barryton, Mich. He was well known as a longtime crop and cattle, both beef and dairy, farmer. He also enjoyed raising horses and was especially fond of Belgians and Clydesdales.

Friends may call Sunday from  2 to 4 p.m. at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, where a funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Stanley Godfrey, pastor of New Paris Church of the Brethren, will officiate.

Burial will follow in New Paris Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to the New Paris Church of the Brethren.

Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.