Cover photo for Ralph Eugene Kidrick's Obituary

Ralph Eugene Kidrick

March 14, 1924 — August 29, 2023

Herriman, Utah

Ralph Eugene Kidrick

Ralph Eugene Kidrick was born March 4, 1924 in Tomah, Wisconsin to James Edward and Helen Marten Kidrick. He passed away on August 29, 2023 at the University of Utah Hospital.

Ralph served in the United States Army during World War II, including North Africa and much of the European Theatre. He was at the Battle of the Bulge, the liberation of France and served as a driver for the Nuremberg Trials. Following the war, he returned to the US and began a 30 year career as a high line power lineman. His work brought him to Grand County Utah where he met Barbara Ruth Wimmer. They were married on October 13, 1955 in Aztec, New Mexico. Throughout their married life, they travelled and lived all over the United States for his work. They were able to visit every state in the US except Alaska.

Ralph was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for his entire working life and fully believed in the power of unions. He was active member and supporter of the Masonic Family. He was a brother of Orient Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons of Utah and had belonged to El Kalah Shrine and the Scottish Rite of Utah. He was also an avid supporter of Jobs Daughters in Utah because of his daughters and granddaughters.

He is survived by his daughters, Vanessa Tuckett, Valerie (Joe) Rohret and two granddaughters, Sarah (Cody) Dunn and Amanda Tuckett as well as his sister Maxine (Garland) Bernhardt and numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great, great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Bobbe, his son-in-law Dan Tuckett, his siblings Helen, William “Bill”, Donald “Donny”, Forrest, Gordon, Delores and Robert “Bob” and half siblings Claude, Florence, Eva and Genivieve “Jenny”.

The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the staff of the University of Utah Hospitals, especially the Cardiac and Medical ICUs, and the supportive and gentle care of the UofU Palliative Care team.

Ralph wished to be cremated and his ashes will be spread with his wife of 67 years in the place that they met. In true Ralph fashion there will be no services. Instead the family encourages everyone to love their family and hit the links or tend to their gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made to one of the following charities:

Bethel #7, Job’s Daughters International of Utah, 650 East South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84102

Dogtown at Best Friends Animal Shelter, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, Utah 84741

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