Ralph Ray Byrd, age 89, of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, passed away at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020.

He was born on July 7, 1930 in English, Indiana, the son of the late Russell and Lola Apple Byrd.

He graduated valedictorian from Tell City High School, Tell City, Indiana. He attended Purdue, playing the bass drum in the marching band. He was owner of Byrd Tool Corporation in Leitchfield, which he started in 1979 in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Byrd also preached for several Churches of Christ in Indiana and Kentucky. He was a mess sergeant in the Korean Conflict, discharged as a Lieutenant. He designed, built and flew RC airplanes. He loved fishing, wood-working and gardening.

Ralph is survived by his wife of 29 years, Myrna (Sutherland McCullum) Byrd; four children, Jo Ann (James) Coehoorn, Robert Ray Byrd, Thomas Neal (Martha) Byrd, and Saranell (Kris) Kaufmann; 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; and step-children, Donna Lynn Franey, Joan Marie Berry, Laura Lee Sutherland and James Robert Sutherland.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 39 years, Una Alice Winchell Byrd; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 at the Dermitt Funeral Home in Leitchfield with Jim Coehoorn officiating. Burial was in the Lone Star Cemetery.

Visitation was at the Dermitt Funeral Home from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and from 9 a.m. Wednesday until time of services.

Online condolences can be made in the guestbook on our website at www.dermittfuneralhome.com.