CHADWICK , Lt. Col. Ralph Owen, 83, of Tampa, peacefully returned to his Heavenly Father on November 23, 2012. Ralph was born in Salt Lake City to Roy and Ida Chadwick on August 6, 1929. He graduated from Logan High and Utah State University, majoring in Sociology with a minor in Psychology. He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha. Ralph participated in ROTC, entering the Air Force upon graduation. He served on military bases around the world, courageously flying KC135 air refueling planes out of Thailand during the Vietnam War. He received many military decorations among them the Distinguished Flying Cross. Lt. Col. Chadwick selflessly served his country, retiring in 1979 after 29 years. At USU, he met and married his college sweetheart, Ruby Buttars from Cornish Utah, on October 5, 1951. Later sealed for eternity in the LDS Logan, Utah Temple, and enjoyed 61 years of marriage. They served a church mission in Bordeaux, France in 1989. He cherished his four daughters, Lynda Bergstrom (Ken), Patricia Robson (Lem), Sandra Cherry (Brent) and Cynthia Macferran (Brian). He has 23 grandchildren and 14+ great grandchildren. Dad truly loved his family and readily sacrificed his time and resources for them. He was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and generously served, including High Councilman and Bishop. He held an unwavering faith in his Savior, Jesus Christ and was an obedient servant. Ralph was known for his quick wit and dry sense of humor. He helped countless military and church members through his ability to counsel others. He leaves a legacy of love of country, devotion to family and Christ-like service to others. Visitation held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7851 Lutz Lake Fern Rd, Odessa, November 28, at 9:30am. Funeral service at 10:30am. Burial, 2:30pm at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell.
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Published in TBO.com on Nov. 26, 2012