1922 - July 25, 2008
Ralph F. Simpson, 86, of Mesa, Ariz., died peacefully July 25, 2008, in Show Low, Ariz., with his wife, Betty Jo, his son Danny and his daughter-in-law Mary Kay, at his side.
He was born Feb. 17, 1922, in Reliance, Wyo., to Charles and Emma Simpson. His parents raised him and his siblings on ranches in various locations in western Colorado. He met his wife-to-be in Grand Junction after his medical discharge from the U.S. Army. Ralph and Betty Jo were married in Provo, Utah, and remained husband and wife for 63 years. They had two sons, Danny and Richard, and one daughter, Judy Ann.
Ralph's working life was spent in the construction industry, mostly as a self-employed excavation contractor in Denver. He retired in 1985 in Denver, and he and Betty Jo moved to the Fountain of the Sun retirement community in Mesa in 1991.
During their retirement, Ralph and Betty Jo traveled extensively in Europe, the western Pacific and Asia.
Ralph was an avid and accomplished fisherman and hunter. He was a member of Elks Lodge No. 2278 in Arvada since 1976.
He was widely known as a man of honesty and integrity. Ralph always saw the best in everyone and was ready to help if needed.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Betty Jo; his sons, Danny Sr. and Richard; his sister, Virginia Erwin; his brother, Dale; 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; several cousins and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Judy Ann; and brothers, Robert and Earl.
Ralph and his immediate family members would like anyone who knew him to remember him, especially whenever they visit Trapper's Lake at the head of the White River east of Meeker.