Ralph E. Hamby

DEWITTVILLE – Ralph E. Hamby, 74, of Meadows Road, Dewittville, died Thursday (July 25, 2013), at home.

He was born April 14, 1939. in Welch, W.Va., the son of the late John and Virginia McGlamory Hamby.

Ralph was a veteran of the U.S. Navy for 23 years. He had also worked at Ethan Allen in Mayville.

Ralph enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Dawn Jenkins Hamby, whom he married Sept. 2, 1961, in Jamestown, N.Y.; four children: Ralph Hamby Jr. of Du Bois, Pa., Virginia Hamby of Celeron, Richard Hamby of Warrenton, Va., and Robin Hamby of Jamestown, eight grandchildren; five great- grandchildren; over 70 foster children for over 23 years; seven brothers and sisters; Stella Helmandollar of West Virginia, Loraine Bubelka of Florida, Bill Hamby of Michigan, Jane Reeves of Wisconsin., Jean Hamby of Illinois, Jim Hamby of Iowa, and Lucille Salas of Michigan.

He was preceded in death by two sisters: Christeen Hamby and Corinne Hamby; six brothers: Clarence, Douglas, Robert, Richard, Jacob, and John Jr.

No services or visitation will be observed.

Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Assoc. Buffalo Office, 315 Alberta Drive Suite 102, Amherst, NY 14226.

The Freay Funeral Home in Mayville is in charge of arrangements.