Ralph J. Pardue
Saturday 16th of July 1927 - Monday 1st of July 2019
Ralph J. Pardue, 91, passed away in Lexington in the early morning of Sunday, July 1, 2019.
Ralph was born to the late Nacey and Ethel (Hendricks) Pardue July 16, 1927 in Rocky Hill, Kentucky.
Ralph was wed to Judell Turner on May 2, 1947. His beloved Judy was the light of his life. Together, they celebrated 67 years of marriage until her passing in 2014. Ralph was a devoted husband, father, and Christian. In 1982, he retired from IBM and would later go on to start his own business; MetalTech. His creativity was displayed through his love of woodworking and the numerous pieces of custom made furniture he designed and built. Ralph was also a dedicated UK fan and rarely missed a basketball game. However, anyone that ever met Ralph will tell you that his greatest legacy will be the indelible mark that he made in their life. His acts of love, kindness, and selflessness were not only reserved for family. Ralph gave so much to so many and never expected anything in return. Although he may be gone in body, he will forever be all around those of us he left behind. Ralph’s “life well lived” will not end in his passing but will continue to inspire all of us to become the best versions of ourselves that we
Ralph is survived by his son, Ben (Judy) Pardue; daughter, Brenda Susan Pardue; grandchildren, Todd (Kim) McCord, Shelia (Billy) Tipton, Jennifer (Chad) Cottle, Amy (Dustin) Baker, Emily Walters, Sarah (Montana) Thomas, and Jeff (Kara) Pardue, thirteen greatgrandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. In addition to his loving wife and parents, Ralph was preceded in death by his brothers, Ernest, Fred, Everett, Brownie, and Bobby, and
his sister, Bessie. Family will receive friends Saturday, July 6th from 8:30 am – 10:30 am at Milward – Broadway
located at 159 N. Broadway, Lexington. Funeral service will begin at 10:30 am with David Allen presiding. Burial with military honors will commence following services in Lexington Cemetery.
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So much more then an amazing Grandfather, he was a mentor, a friend, a teacher, a caretaker, a buddy, a playmate, a tearwiper, a listener and many others I can't explain how much I will miss him and already do. Heaven shines brighter then ever with the smiles that are on the faces of him and my beautiful Nana today and that brings our hearts joy during our sorrow. We love you Grandaddy and we will see you again
A great IBM friend from years ago. I'm sitting a table right now that he made for me. RIP, Ralph.
He was such a good man and wonderful neighbor. He and his wife were so kind to me after my divorce. Another good man in Heaven.
So sorry for your loss prayers for the family for peace