Ralph Edward Filby, age 86, passed away Jan. 8, 2002 in Kearns, Utah.
Born to Charles D. and Zella Houston Filby on December 7, 1915 in Junction City, Kansas. Married Elma Riggs on May 25, 1945 in Oakland, California. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on June 29, 1989.
Dad was surrounded by members of his loving family and his wife of 57 years. He was proud that he served his country in World War II, and was honorably discharged. Dad had a constant thirst for technical knowledge throughout his life. He was considered a world class tinkerer. Mom and dad were each others constant companions and greatest love. They raised their boys with commitment, love, sense of duty and taught them respect for all. Dad's family gave him his greatest joy, and he loved them all dearly. Dad kept his sense of humor, which he had all of his life, until his last hours. He loved to play music and he also sang in the church choir, and to do artwork, which is displayed in his home. His legacy will live on in his sons and grandchildren.
Survived by wife; sons, Lloyd (Susan) of Sandy; Carl (Lynn) of Magna; and DeVon (Jennifer) of Kearns; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grand children; brother, Donald (Lois) of Kansas; and sisters, Betty Baity of Texas; and Doris Irvine of Kansas. Preceded in death by parents, daughter DeDria; one grandson, Troy; brother, Charles; sisters, Patricia; Audrey; and a very special brother-in-law, Gerald Quilter.
Dad fought the good fight and finished the race, and he will await his loved ones that are left behind, who will miss his sense of humor, but who are all grateful that he suffers no longer.
Funeral services will be held Fri., 11 a.m. at the Kearns North Stake Center, 4660 W. 5015 S. Friends may call on Thurs. from 6-8 p.m. at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 S. Redwood Rd, and on Friday at the church one hour prior to services.
Interment, Gunnison City Cemetery.