PAULDING -- Ralph Wyatt, 89, died Aug. 5, 2013, at his daughter's home in Ridgeville Corners, Ohio.
He was born October 30, 1923, at Grover Hill, Ohio, the son of Warren and Ruth (Jay) Wyatt. In 1948, he married Joyce Burt from Melrose, Ohio, who preceded him in death on February 6, 2012.
He served eight years as Paulding County treasurer, from which he retired in 1989. Prior to that, Ralph served as Paulding village mayor for six years and councilman for 10 years. For 34 years, he was employed at the Grizzly Manufacturing Company in many administrative positions, including plant manager for four years.
Ralph served his country as a member of the Army Air Corps during World War II at Lae New Guinea, Darwin, Australia, and Townsville, Australia, as well as in Manila in the Philippine Islands. Following his service in the Army Air Corps, he re-enlisted in the Air Force Reserves for six years, with one year of active duty at Eglin Air Base, Florida, during the Korean War.
He was a member of the Paulding United Methodist Church for over 60 years, where he served in numerous offices, and was a member of the choir for over 50 years. Other memberships included 20 years with the Paulding County Kiwanis Club, serving as secretary for many years; life membership in the Paulding Historical Society; and a life member of the Paulding VFW Post 587.
He is survived by two daughters, Deborah (Don) Schaefer, West Unity, Ohio, and Christine (Mark) Stockman, Ridgeville Corners, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Angie (Mike) Dunson, Dustin Shirey, Lisa (Mike Callicutt) Riley, Derek (Brooke Otto) Holtsberry, Jason Stockman, Kaitlyn Stockman and Susan (Cedric) Williams; eight great-grandchildren, Aidan Riley, Shayla and Maliyah Callicutt, Kenyah and Weston Shirey, Addisyn Riley Lusk, Hunter and Landyn Holtsberry.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joyce; and two sisters, Mabel (Edward) Taylor and Frances (Charles) Roth.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, at the Paulding United Methodist Church, with Pastor Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will be in the Paulding Memorial Cemetery. Viewing will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at the Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding, Ohio.
Donations may be made to Paulding United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com.