Ralph W. Bird
July 5, 1929 ~ October 7, 2021
Ralph W. Bird, 92, passed away on Thursday, October 7, 2021. He was born on July 5, 1929, in Ogden, Utah, the son of Merrill Whiting and Ruby Mckell Bird.
Ralph married his eternal companion, Molly Morgan on June 8, 1956, in the Logan LDS Temple. She was often fondly referred to as his “sweatheart”, her nickname after he mistakenly misspelled sweetheart in an early love letter. They loved to dance and attend social functions together.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was central in Ralph’s life. He held his relationship with his Savior dear to his heart. One of his greatest accomplishments was his 3-year mission in Tokyo and Yamagata Japan, where he acquired friendships that lasted his entire life. Ralph was confirmed a high priest by President Spencer W. Kimball, served in two bishoprics, served as a ward clerk for many years and as Elder’s Quorum President twice. Ralph and Molly served in both the Ogden and San Diego Temples. His knowledge of an eternal family was his greatest blessing.
Ralph was known for his love of family, people, the outdoors and “just a little bit” of chocolate. Ralph received his Civil Engineering degree from Utah State University and served in the US military from 1954 to 1956. He was stationed in Guam and Okinawa.
He taught math at Mount Ogden Middle School for six years, but his greatest loves, besides Molly and family, were surveying and secondary water management. Ralph was the manager of Pine View Water Systems and retired after 30 years of service. He enjoyed the freedom of being his own boss and would never miss a chance to talk about the canyon pipelines and Pine View Dam. Ralph and Molly enjoyed serving with the Weber State Alumni Board. Ralph was an amazing neighbor and friend to all and was always doing kind deeds for others. He was an amazingly hard worker and loved to stay busy about the house and in the garden.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Molly Bird of North Ogden; his children, Robert “Rob” W. and Therese Bird of Eden, Mark Bird and Rod Tayag of Los Angeles, CA, and Jenny and Treg Julander of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA; five grandchildren, Saje, Carly, Mekenna, Maunia, and Sierra; seven great-grandchildren, Brooke, Colby, Molly, Amy, Ashlyn, Lucy,and Mabel; and sister, Marilyn Stewart of Washington Terrace. He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandson, Colby James Bird; and his brothers, Merrill, Charles “Mc”, and twin, Richard.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at 2 p.m. at Lindquist’s North Ogden Mortuary, 2140 N. Washington Blvd. Friends may visit with family on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the mortuary. Interment, Lindquist’s Memorial Gardens of the Wasatch, 1718 Combe Rd.
The family would like to thank Julie Lee from hospice care for her unwavering kindness, knowledge and support during our most difficult time.