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Ralph William Lyda
Birth: Apr. 30, 1927
Death: Mar. 7, 2006

My Dad was a wonderful person who raised 3 children, though, many more called him Dad and Pappa (what his grandchildren called him). He taught us so much. To Love and To Laugh. He shared his joy of gardening with everyone and taught his children/grandchildren to fish, ride bikes, build anything and enjoy life in general. He never turned his back on anyone in need, and would always lend a hand if you needed it. I always said and still believe, "My Dad knew everything and if he didn't know it, then it must not exist."

Thanks for teaching me what you knew Dad and always being there and loving me. You are my hero, -Saymme

"What Makes A Dad"
God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagles' flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece complete,
And so He called it Dad.
*Author: unknown

Obituary in the Sierra Vista Herald March 12,2006.

Ralph William Lyda, 78, of Huachuca City, Arizona, went home to be with his Lord on Tuesday, March 7, 2006, at the Sierra Vista Regional Health Care Center. He had been an area resident for the past 31 years. Ralph leaves behind his loving wife of 41 years, Leona Lyda of Arizona; Children: Donna Johnson of Huachuca City, Grant (Mary) Johnson of Colorado and Saymme (Rob) Gowanlock of New York; brother Harold (Virgina) Lyda of Colorado; 11 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Ralph was preceded in death by his father, mother, and sister. Ralph was the manager of the Coca Cola Bottling Co in Douglas, Ariz and Huachuca City, Ariz, retiring in May 1991. He was a member of Huachuca City Planning and Zoning board, as well as a member of Whetstone Church of Christ. Ralph loved life and lived it to the fullest. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed spending time fishing, camping and working with his hands. Mostly, he loved his garden. He enjoyed traveling and seeing new places. Ralph was a loving teacher of life to his children. He will be sadly missed by all.

Ralph was in the Merchant Marines from 1944 until 1946.

Family links: 
  William Franklin Lyda (1895 - 1942)
  Ruby Anna Gingery Lyda (1902 - 1964)
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Specifically: Daughter has them.
Created by: Saymme
Record added: Jun 04, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14505011
Ralph William Lyda
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Ralph William Lyda
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