Ralph Eugene Doud,
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June 21, 1926 - October 5, 2013
Ralph Eugene Doud, 87, of McKinney, TX, passed away while surrounded by his family on Saturday, October 5, 2013.
The funeral service was scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Olinger Hampden Mortuary, 8600 E. Hampden Avenue in Denver. Bishop Tommy L. Drumm of Melissa, Texas, will officiate.
Ralph Eugene Doud was born on June 21, 1926 in Midland, South Dakota, the son of Ralph & Grace (Whistler) Doud. On April 20, 1946 he married Doris Eileen Doud of Hermosa, South Dakota. Ralph served in World War II, from 1944 – 1946, with an honorable discharge. Ralph was an Elizabeth Colorado resident for 36 years where he and Doris built and ran Happy Haven children's home. The home's work continues today as a place for young women in need, under the ministry umbrella of Unbridled Acts. He was a carpenter by trade until age forced him into retirement. His life was consumed with the love of Christ. He was a caring and compassionate man who always put others needs before his own. He loved unconditionally and served wholeheartedly.
Ralph is preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Doris Eileen Doud, daughter Dorthy Eileen Dowty, and son, Stephen Eugene Doud. He is survived by nine children, daughter Rebecca Doud of Texas, son Thomas (Alethea) Doud of Texas, son Tim (Sherri) Doud of Colorado, son David (Wendy) Doud of Indiana, son James Doud of Colorado, daughter Ruth Doud of Washington, son Bill (Lisa) Doud of Colorado, son Robert Doud of Texas, son Jonathan Doud of New Mexico, 25 grandchildren and 24 great grand-children. Ralph was a loving father, husband, grandfather and friend to all.
Ralph's greatest wish was to have his wife, Doris, who passed away December 19, 2002, laid to rest with him. Today his hearts desire will come true and their love will be solidified for a lifetime. Ralph and Doris will be laid to rest at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado; together, forever.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Ralph's name to his home church, The Sanctuary, PO Box 637, Melissa TX 75454.
Published in Colorado Community Newspapers from Oct. 17 to Nov. 16, 2013