March 30, 1915 June 26, 2012
Ralph Durward Boyd of Enterprise died June 26, 2012, at the age of 97.
Born in Pulaski Township, in Western Pennsylvania, on March 30, 1915, Ralph was the third of Boyne and Phyllis Boyds eight children. Following graduation from high school in New Castle, Pa., he married his sweetheart, Ruth Shaffer, in 1937. A son was born to their marriage in 1947, whom they named Ralph Devee (D.V.)
Ralph served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942-1946.
Ralph worked for 10 years at the U.S. Post Office in New Castle. He then served as Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds at Taylor University in Upland, Ind., for 23 years, until his first retirement.
Returning to the work force, he worked in mechanical maintenance at Quincy United Methodist Home in central Pennsylvania.
Ralph was active for many years with Boy Scouts of America and served various offices and committees of the Methodist Church, with a special interest in missions. His hobbies included working with wood, travel, and reading, especially reading Gods Word.
The Boyds moved to Enterprise from Pennsylvania in 1998 to live near their family.
Ralph filled his days helping in son Devees barn, making furniture for his grandchildren and helping anyone in need, his lifetime pattern.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Betty and Martha, and his brothers Herbert, Jack, Dick, and Robert.
He is survived by his wife Ruth; his brother Edward; his son Devee and daughter-in-law Jan; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.