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Ralph Lynch
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Ralph Calvin Lynch, 91, passed away Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, at Livermore V.A.

He was born in Milliken, CO, on June 9, 1921, to Albert and Zenith Lynch. On June 17, 1944, he married Alberta (Bertie) Barr and they and four children.

He joined the Navy in 1940 and served aboard the USS Yorktown during the battles of the Coral Sea and Midway. He was attached to Torpedo Squadron #5. After the war he continued to serve both in active duty and in the reserves until 1959.

He and Bertie moved their family from Colorado to Folsom, CA, in 1959 where Ralph worked for Aerojet. In 1969, they moved to Escalon. Ralph and Bertie were both avid artists and they started the Valley Art Association.

Mr. Lynch was a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was very proud of his family and was thrilled when his oldest great grandson followed his footsteps with a military career by joining the National Guard.

When he wasn't caring for his immediate family, he loved painting and traveling to Colorado to visit his large extended family there. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his daughter, Wilmetta Voloder, and son, Mark; sisters Pearl (Bud) of Greeley, CO, and Elaine (Dan) of Milliken, CO, and brothers Cecil of Milliken, CO, and Marvin (Nancy) of Encampment, WY; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Zenith (Gregory); his wife, Alberta (Bertie) Barr; his daughter, Deborah Wegat, and son, Kirk; his brothers, Harry, Orville and Teddy, and sister, Dorothy.

A graveside service was held Monday, Dec. 17 at Burwood Cemetery.

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The Escalon (Calif.) Times

Dec. 19, 2012