Ralph C. Ruth

November 16, 1925 ~ July 7, 2020 (age 94)


Ralph C. Ruth passed away in his home on July 7, 2020 at the age of 94.  He was born in Los Angeles, California on November 16, 1925.  His loving parents Almira (Dot) and Bert moved the family to Contra Costa County where Ralph lived his entire life.   

Ralph joined the Navy at the tender age of 18 because his older brother was a POW during World War II.  He was a Pharmacist Mate Third Class and was stationed at Tinian Island near Guam.  After his discharge from the Navy he went on to get his Associates Degree to become a Draftsman.

He began working as a Draftsman in the late 50’s at Chevron Research where he spent his entire career.  He took early retirement in 1986.  They asked him back as a consultant for many years after that.

Nothing brought Ralph more joy than spending time with his family in the outdoors.  He loved camping and two of his favorite places to go were Salmon Creek and State Parks south of Santa Cruz.  The family would also travel along the California and Oregon coasts every summer to Washington to visit his mother, brother and sister.

Ralph was an artist and made beautiful stained glass pieces and jewelry castings.  He enjoyed model boat building and photography as well.  He was an early adopter of computers and liked working on them and with them.

Ralph was a loving, caring father and is survived by his daughters Linda (Fred), Wendy, son David and sister, Zelma.

He will be fondly remembered by his five grandchildren Adam, Maggie, Ben, Holly (Cody) and Christopher.  He also had two great grand-children, Conner and Emberlee.

He is preceded in death by his wife Nancy, son Ralph T. (Terry) and brother, Bill.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.


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