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Ralph Darby

Ralph H. “Bud” Darby, 86, of Gladwin, died July 28, 2006 at home, suddenly.

   He was born Nov. 5, 1919 in Flint to Earl and Lillian (Guelde) Darby in Flint. He married the former Goldie E. Frampton in Traverse City on July 17, 1970.

   He lived in Gladwin County since 1973, having previously lived in Flint. He was a supervisor with Michigan Bell in Clare until retiring in 1976.

   He served in the U.S. Army Black Cat 13th Armor Division during WWII. He was a member of V.F.W. Post 7303 and American Legion Post 171.

   Surviving are his wife, Goldie Darby of Gladwin; four daughters, Melody Ratelle of Oregon, April (Dan) Ells of California, Patricia (Thomas) Doherty of Florida, and Rosanna Willcox of Mt. Morris; one son, Bill E. (Diane) Willcox of South Carolina; 12 grandchildren and 11 Greatgrandchildren; and two sisters, Patricia Coleman of Florida and Shirley Boone of Farwell. He was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Bill; and his sister, Donna.

   A funeral service was held on Friday, July 31 at Hall Funeral Home in Gladwin with Bill Willcox officiating. Burial was in Grout Township Cemetery in Gladwin.

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Grout Twp. Cemetery, Gladwin, MI
uUS army Black Cat 13th Armor Division WWII
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Gladwin County Record, Gladwin, MI
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September 2009
Bob Frei
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