Ralph Irvin Guy, 83, a Korean War veteran who also served in the Montana Highway Patrol, died Jan. 16, 2013, of lung cancer at home in Billings.
He was born Feb. 9, 1929, the eldest son of Fred and Katharine (Carroll) Guy in Merino. After he attended elementary school in Joplin, the family moved to the Fort Benton area, where he graduated from Fort Benton High School in 1946.
Mr. Guy enlisted in the Army Air Corps on Oct. 3, 1946, serving in the 3345th Maintenance Squadron as an airplane and engine mechanic. He achieved the rank of sergeant and earned the World War II Victory Medal as well as the Germany Occupational Medal. He spent most of his time in Fassberg, Germany, during the Berlin Airlift.
Honorably discharged from military service on March 25, 1949, at Chanute Air Force Base, he was drafted back into active duty on May 18, 1949. He served in the 343rd Bombardment Squadron and the 98th Bombardment Wing during the Korean War and earned the Korean Service Medal. He was again honorably discharged on Aug. 26, 1951, at Fairchild Air Force Base.
He was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He was employed by Northwest Airlines until 1954 before beginning a 21-year career with the Montana Highway Patrol. He served first as a driver’s examiner in Great Falls, ultimately transferring to the traffic division in Billings in 1959. He retired in 1976.
He married Ruth Marilyn Beaver in October 1956. He left Montana in the early 1980s and was employed as a truck driver for Convoy Trucking in California. There he married Brenda Elam on Nov. 12, 1994.
They returned to Montana, first to Joliet, then to Billings in 2011.
Survivors include his wife; “baby sister” Andy; son, Bob Guy; daughter, Sherry; stepsons, John and Robbie Skinner; first wife, Marilyn Freitag; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services were Jan. 23 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery, followed by a reception at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
Memorials are suggested to RiverStone Hospice, 123 S. 27th St., Billings, MT 59101; or the Frontier Cancer Center, 1315 Golden Valley Circle, Billings, MT 59102.