Arthur "Ralph" Romey, 82, of Strawberry, died May 8, 2004. He was born March 23, 1922 in Torrington, Wyo. to the late Loy and Cora Romey, and was raised in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
A veteran of WWII, Mr. Romey participated in the Normandy D-Day landing on June 6, 1944. As a soldier in the 2nd Infantry Division, he was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery. After the military, he attended the National School of Business, majoring in accounting. He worked in Leadville and Climax, Colo. before migrating to Arizona in 1955, where he worked for San Manuel Copper Corporation. He moved the family to Phoenix in 1955, where he worked in the steel industry as an accountant/credit manager until his retirement to Strawberry in 1983.
In retirement, Mr. Romey was the neighborhood handyman. Everyone knew where to go to find that spare part. His shop was always open and "the place" for friends to hang out. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy; son, Larry (Jacki) Romey of Cabot, Ark., daughter, Barbara (Mike) of Payson; and Bill Ansell, a very special man who shared his life with the Taylors. He also is survived by sisters, Elva Grisham, Mildred Marshall and Marvel Byrnes; brothers, John and Ted Romey, nine grandchildren, Sheila Merchant of Phoenix, Steve Allen, stationed in Korea; Bobby McKee, Sacramento, California; Sean Cude, Kenai, Alaska; Noel and Kelsea Romey, Cabot, Arkansas; Kristal Bryant, Phoenix; Bill Bearden, California; and Matthew Bearden, Phoenix; seven great-grandchildren: Audra and Nicole Mechant, Hailey Allen, Bailey, Aubree and Airah Cude and Julia Bearden, plus a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son, Steve, and his brother, Vernon.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 13 at the First Baptist Church in Pine.
Donations can be made to RTA Hospice of Payson, or First Baptist Church of Pine.