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Ralph Garmus
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Birth: Apr. 19, 1923
Death: Aug. 17, 2006

GARMUS, Ralph Devoted husband to Mary for 58 years, and loving father of Carol, Diana, Nancy and Bonnie, passed away on August 17, 2006, after a long, courageous battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 83. Born on April 19, 1923, in Canton, Ohio, Ralph graduated from Kent State University, served with the Marine Corps on the U.S.S. Arkansas in World War II and received his Master's Degree in Entomology from Ohio State. On the same day he received his Master's, he married his long-time sweetheart, Mary Swallow. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Riverside, California, where Ralph worked in agricultural research at UCR. He went on to work as a field research Scientist for Rohm & Haas Company for nearly 40 years, developing and testing compounds to eradicate weeds and prevent plant disease, always with the goal of helping to eliminate hunger in the world. His work was initially focused in California but his expanded career assignments eventually took him throughout the world and he became a seasoned international traveler. He always, however, managed to annually return to the place he came to love the most, Lake Tahoe, where he and his wife maintained a lakeside cabin for years. Upon his retirement, Ralph moved with his wife, Mary, to Kenwood, California where they built a home on three acres and began, literally, to enjoy the fruits of their labors. They cherished the beauty of the Sonoma Valley and relished the opportunity to garden extensively and create a family retreat for their four daughters and sons-in-law, their eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Ralph will be remembered as a talented athlete who played college football and captained his team, started his days with calisthenics each morning, won countless games of ping-pong, hiked extensively and strived to perfect his accuracy in horseshoes. Above all, he was an elite swimmer who swam laps as often as possible in pools around the world, in his own backyard and in the best pools of all, the lakes of the Desolation Wilderness in the Sierra Nevada, and especially, Lake Tahoe. Ralph retained an envied and remarkable head of naturally dark brown hair throughout his life and a youthful appearance that belied his age. He had a fierce work ethic and was the ultimate do-it-your-selfer: able to fix, build, mend, create, and grow just about anything. He loved big green salads filled with a plethora of arcane and imaginative ingredients, and Mary's apple dumplings, pork chops and raisin applesauce cake. He loved all kinds of dogs. He loved words and had an incredible vocabulary, a reflection of his considerable intellect. He loved to take his wife by the hand and walk with her. Ralph will remain a constant treasure and will be missed every day by his family and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you send donations to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation in his memory (1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018).
Published in the Press Democrat on 8/23/2006. 
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  Mary Garmus (1926 - 2010)*
*Calculated relationship
Created by: Geraldine "Gerry" Hume...
Record added: Aug 24, 2006
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