Ralph Leroy Bever of Swanton, went to his heavenly home on April 24, 2022, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born December 11, 1943, in Bloomington, he was the son of the late George E. and Edith E. Bever, and was the youngest of thirteen children. He was married to the love of his life, Patricia A. Bever for 57 years and was blessed with two children, Yvonne and Jeff. He resided at his home place for 78 years where his memories of youth surrounded him.
Ralph was a 1962 graduate of Bruce High School. He served 22 years in the 201st Artillery National Guard Unit of Kingwood, WV. He was employed with Westvaco for 42 years where he retired as a heavy equipment mechanic. He has a passion for music and spent many years playing bluegrass with family and friends. He loved to garden and loved the farm that he grew up on. Ralph lived every day to its fullest. Patty was always by his side and he cherished every moment with her. He delighted in his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, they brightened his world. He enjoyed watching them, he participated in all of their activities and they adored him.
Ralph served the Lord with all of his heart and the joy of the Lord was his strength. His faith was his foundation and he was an inspiration to all who knew him. He weathered many storms but never wavered. Ralph was a pillar of strength and such a beautiful example to all of us. He will always be admired for the beautiful legacy that he left to our family.
Ralph is survived by his wife Patricia; his children, Yvonne Holtschneider and husband, Dan and Jeffery Bever and wife, Robin; grandchildren, Thomas Holtschneider and wife, Liz, Steven Holtschneider and wife, Taylor, Erin Holtschneider, Sarah Holtschneider, Logan Bever and girlfriend, Peyton, Levi Bever and wife, Cheyenne; great grandchildren, Wyatt and Madilyn Holtschneider; his siblings, Martha Marple, John Bever and wife, Peggy; and many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, April 27th at the Boal Funeral Home, Westernport from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A funeral service will follow the visitation at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Dave Marsh officiating.
Interment will be at Bever Cemetery, Swanton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Westernport Senior Center, where Ralph and Patty would spend many afternoons.