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In Memoriam – Darrel Ralph

I am saddened to report that Darrel Dean Ralph Jr has passed away. Many of you knew Darrel from his bladesmithing days and that’s where I met him. Always a generous man, with a joke or two, he put a smile on many a face. Although he invented the 18X-Ray automatic knife issued to multiple units, he also created exquisite pieces that are as much art as function. You can see an example following his obituary. Darrel will be missed by family and friends.

May He Rest In Peace

Darrel Dean Ralph Jr, age 67, of Newark, passed away on November 20, 2021. Darrel was born on June 1, 1954, to the late Dean and Ethel (Somerlot) Ralph.

He was a premiere custom knife maker. He loved his work and enjoyed everything about it! When he wasn’t working he enjoyed going fishing, spending time with his friends and family, and loved making pizza with his granddaughter.

Darrel is survived by his loving wife, Sharon Ralph; sons. Robert Bailey, Ryan (Karah) Bailey, Ian (Samantha) Ralph; grandchildren, Alayna, and Skyler Ralph; sisters, Joni (Rhonda) Ralph, Pamela Ralph; nieces and nephews, and his canine companion, Sophie.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Eddie Ralph.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, November 28 at the Brucker and Kishler Funeral Home from 12 PM – 1 PM. Where his service will immediately follow at 1 PM with Pastor Wally McLaughlin officiating.

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