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Ralph Darr


1916 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Ralph Darr Obituary
Ralph Clayton Darr, born August 27, 1916 Cresaptown, MD to Howard and Daisy Darr; Loving husband of 72 years to Grace Rosilla Darr. Loving Father to: Nancy, James, and Jorge. Loving Grandfather to: Michael, Christopher, Cynthia, Nicholas, and Natalia. Loving Great Grandfather to: Amber, Matthew, Mike, Brittany, Jason, Alicia, Brooke, Robbie, Elliott, and Lovella. Loving Great-Great Grandfather to: Taylor, Alyssa, Adam, Elizabeth, Hailey, Raelynn, Chris, and Braidyn. Loving member of the extended family of our spouses, neighbors, and friends of the family. Ralph passed peacefully on February 15th, under the loving care of the staff of Balfour Memory Care and HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties. Ralph was surrounded by family throughout his final journey. An avid outdoorsman, tinkerer, builder of gadgets, traveler and explorer, Ralph made endless lifetime friendships across the country. Serving as an apprentice in the Naval Gun Factory during WWII, Ralph began to cultivate friendships with people that would last his entire life. These relationships were formed in Maryland, later in California where he worked for the Naval Research Laboratories, and ultimately, in Boulder, CO, where he worked as an instrument maker for the National Bureau of Standards. After retirement from the Federal Government, Ralph and Grace travelled tens of thousands of miles, exploring the United States, Canada, and parts of Mexico, always in the company of good friends and family. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Daisy Darr, his siblings; Leo Darr, Mary Trittipoe, and Rachel Myers, his grandson Christopher Mastalski, and many dear lifelong friends. Ralph, the eternal adventurer, has debarked on his next journey at the remarkable age of 96. Godspeed Pappy, the ol' Clockmaker! A funeral service celebrating Ralph's life with us will be at Darrell Howe Mortuary, 1701 W. South Boulder Road, Lafayette, CO 80026, on Sunday, February 24, at 10:00am. A reception will follow at the Darr Household, 7490 Eggleston Drive, Boulder. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties, 2594 Trailridge Drive East, Lafayette, CO 80026, in Ralph's memory. Please sign the online guest book at darrellhowemortuary.com
Published in www.denverpost.com on Feb. 20, 2013
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