Ralph B. Chuey, 87, of Girard, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 16, 2017 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. Ralph was born May 29, 1930 in Youngstown, Ohio to Andrew and Mary (Bunofsky) Chuey. He graduated from Struthers High School in 1948 and was promptly drafted into the US Army where he proudly served his country in the Panama Canal Zone during the Korean Conflict. Shortly thereafter, he began a 40+ year career driving a local delivery truck for Wonder Bread and Hostess Cake.
Nobody who knew him would deny that Ralph was a go-getter. Once at a party, he stole his buddy's good-looking date, Miss Colette Martin. They were wed on October 7, 1967. Their beautiful life together brought them 2 daughters who were the lights of his life. He worked tirelessly to provide for them and set an amazing example of hard work and dedication. Ralph formerly served as a zoning inspector for the city of Girard. He was a true patriot who belonged to both the American Legion and the VFW as well as having served as a democratic precinct committeeman. He was politically active and was involved in many local campaigns throughout the years.
In his spare time, Ralph enjoyed gardening, collecting antiques, complaining, YSU Football, anything related to Cleveland sports, cheering for whatever team his son-in-law Pat was currently coaching, and watching John Wayne movies with a fresh box of cheese crackers and a cold beer. He was a true Civil War buff and spent his most enjoyable hours dressing in costume and teaching others about the Civil War, particularly Ulysses S. Grant. He especially enjoyed taking part in the school tours at the Girard Historical Society Barnhisel House Museum where he also played an instrumental role in the museum's restoration.
Those who will carry on his legacy include his loving wife of almost 50 years, his daughter Erin (Pat) Meyer of Huntington Beach, CA, his daughter Shawna Chuey and Quentin Miles of Washington DC, three grandchildren Chris, Emma, and Sophia, his brother Tom (Pat) Chuey of Poland and many nieces and nephews. The family would especially like to thank Dan Hromyak and Leslie "Dani" Diana for their support and devotion to their Uncle Ralph.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 21, 11:00 AM at Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard. The family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday July 20, from 6-8 PM at the funeral home. Ralph will be laid to rest at Girard City Cemetery with military honors. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any memorial contributions be made to the Girard Historical Society in Ralph's memory. Visit www.blackstonefuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send any condolences to the family.