Ralph Davy How, a resident of Blue Springs, MO., passed away peacefully Sunday, April 30, 2023, at the age of 78 with his loving family by his side. Ralph was born January 12, 1945 in Kansas City, MO to Ralph and Mary Bernice (Davy) How.
He graduated from Northeast Senior High School in 1962. On August 31, 1968, he married Beverly Ann Howie. They were married for nearly 29 years before her passing in 1996.
He was a caring and devoted father, grandfather, brother, and uncle who loved spending time with his family and friends. He spent many wonderful years with his later love, Sharon Ryan.
Ralph worked primarily in the concrete industry with Fordyce Concrete, later with LaFarge Concrete, ultimately retiring from Belger Cartage.
Fireworks – Ralph’s interest in fireworks began when he was just ten years old. His mother owned a fireworks stand in the Fairmount area of Independence, MO during his youth. He was her “official fireworks tester.” When Ralph joined the Sunset Optimist Club of Blue Springs in 1990, he suggested a fireworks tent fundraiser. Ever since, the annual fireworks tent has been the club’s biggest fundraiser each year.
This has had enormous impact for area youth over the past 33 years, enabling many new youth programs and scholarships. Ralph served as Optimist Club past president, bingo chairman, fishing derby organizer, and in the West Missouri Optimist District with the Missouri Leadership Seminar for youth and as Lt. Governor. He also volunteered at many Parks and Rec activities and was nominated as Blue Springs Citizen of the Year. Ralph never knew a stranger and was always eager to help others.
He was preceded in death by his parents Ralph Frederick How and Mary Bernice (Davy) and wife Beverly Ann (Howie) How. Ralph is survived by his son, Richard A. How of Blue Springs, MO, grandson, Evan A. How of Kansas City, MO, and his granddaughter Moon.
His family will receive friends and family from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 4, 2023 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St, Blue Springs, MO. Burial will follow at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Kansas City. Arrangements have been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs, MO. Memories of Ralph and words of comfort for his family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com