Richard A. RALSTON, 68, Ormond Beach, lost his gallant battle with cancer just after midnight Friday, July 1, 2005. He’s known as a committed Christian, husband, father, grandfather, friend and fisherman, with a huge sense of humor. Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he grew up in Detroit, Mich., and graduated St. Francis De Sales High School. He enjoyed his 44-year career with Detroit Diesel for whom he enthusiastically traveled the world as sales manager, mining division. He was known as “one of the good guys.” He retired to Ormond Beach, January 1999. He is a member of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Child, Ormond Beach. Richard sacrificially expressed his spiritual passion, his supernatural gifting, and personal style in his ministry. He is best known to the parish and community as, “The Sign Guy” (changed church sign). Everyone who knew him, loved him. Richard was tireless with his “hands on” ministries and community volunteer activities including: the Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Sciences, as a volunteer with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Department and involvement in the restoration and preservation of various historical sites in the county. He expressed his heart’s compassion for street children by collecting clothing for the children of Honduras. He loved gardening and woodworking, as well. Richard is survived by his great catch of a wife (he was an avid fisherman!) of 18 years, Darline; son, Jason; first wife, Judy ELLISON; daughter, Jennifer (Bob) PORTER, grandchildren, Matt, Ben and Sarah, Ortonville, Mich.; and son, Rich (Kim) RALSTON and granddaughter, Melissa, Pontiac, Mich. First among his many friends around the world are five boyhood friends, Jim PERKETT, Kansas, Joe BERTRAND, Tim BOVEE, and Tom O’REILLY, all of Michigan, and Joe CREHAN, Florida. A memorial service is planned for Saturday, August 6, at 10 a.m. at Church of the Holy Child, 1225 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, FL 32174. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Volusia/Flagler, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL 32129.
“Daytona Beach News-Journal” newspaper, Daytona Beach, Volusia County, Florida dated Sunday, July 3, 2005
Ormond Beach – Richard A. RALSTON, 68, of Peruvian Lane, a sales manager in the mining industry for 44 years before his retirement in 1999, died Friday at Hospice Care Center, Port Orange. Mr. RALSTON was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and moved here in 1999 from Commerce Township, Mich. He was a member of Church of the Holy Child. An avid fisherman, Mr. RALSTON also enjoyed gardening, woodworking and volunteer work. Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Darline; two sons, Jason, Ormond Beach, and Rick, Pontiac, Mich.; a daughter, Jennifer PORTER, Ortonville, Mich.; and four grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Volusia/Flagler, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL 32129. Hannah Cremation, Holly Hill, is in charge.
“Daytona Beach News-Journal” newspaper, Daytona Beach, Volusia County, Florida dated Monday, July 4, 2005