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Obituary ~ Ralph Judd
August 03, 1883 ~ May 25, 1921

Leon Reporter
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
Thursday, April 09, 1925

RALPH JUDD was born August 3, 1883, on a farm near Garden Grove, Iowa, where he received his education and grew to manhood. On March 4, 1906, he was married to LAURA MABEL WARRINGTON. For two years they resided in Davis City, where their only child, JOSEPH NEWTON, was born. Then they returned to Garden Grove and lived in that locality until 1910, when they moved to a farm near Pleasanton, where they made for themselves an unusually comfortable and happy country home.

His health had been failing for several months and with great faith in his recovery, he submitted to an operation which resulted in his death on April 1, 1925, at the age of 42 years and 8 months.

Although he had never allied himself with any church, his daily life was a constant exemplification of the teachings of Christ -- "Do unto others as ye would that they should do unto you" and "Love thy neighbor as thyself." He was a man of the highest ideals and a strong and commanding sense of honor and of duty. By his death his wife and son lose an ideal husband and father. His mother, sisters and brother lose an affectionate and considerate son and brother. The community loses a noble and a valuable citizen.

The funeral was held from the M.E. Church at Garden Grove on Monday, April 6th at 2 p.m. and was conducted by Rev. Brown. The large number of relatives, old friends and neighbors and the many beautiful flowers gave evidence of the respect and esteem felt for him by all who knew him. With those who knew him well he leaves a most beautiful memory. This memory and the life he lived are a more fitting obituary than any which can be written. Though his life was cut short in the fullness of its maturity, he has not lived in vain.


(In another column of the same date):

MRS. RALPH JUDD and son, JOE, of near Pleasanton, and her mother, MRS. J.H. WARRINGTON, of Garden Grove, returned from St. Joe, Mo., Thursday afternoon, accompanying the body of MR. JUDD, who passed away at the Missouri Methodist Hospital in St. Joe, Wednesday afternoon.


Leon Reporter
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa Thursday, April 16, 1925

TOM JUDD, of Billings, Montana, arrived last Friday for a visit with his mother, MRS. ALIDA JUDD and other relatives at Garden Grove, being called here to attend the funeral of his brother, FRED JUDD, who died in a hospital at St. Joe, Mo., last Wednesday. TOM was operator at the Burlington depot in this city some years ago, but for a number of years has been the Burlington passenger agent at Billings.


(In another column of the same date):

MR. and MRS. PETE DANIELS, of Los Angeles, California, arrived at Garden Grove Sunday, being called here to attend the funeral of RALPH JUDD; MRS. DANIELS being a sister of MRS. JUDD. PETE was visiting a few hours in Leon Tuesday with his many friends in this city. He has been employed for the past ten years with the mechanical department of the Santa Fe Railroad, and thinks they are a mighty fine company to work for. MR. and MRS. DANIELS will remain at Garden Grove for several weeks.

[Interment was made at Garden Grove Cemetery, Garden Grove, Iowa.]

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October 15, 2002