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June 9, 2010
The Town Crier

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 5, at the Lane Funeral Home Austintown Chapel for Ralph Bevan, 93, who died the evening of June 1 at Hospice House.

Ralph was born Sept. 26, 1916 in Canfield and was the son of the late Edwin and Elsie (Cramer) Bevan. He retired in April 1979 after 39 years with Ohio Bell Telephone Company, where he had been supervisor in the supply department.

Ralph was a member of John Knox Presbyterian Church, where he had been an elder for many years and drove the church bus for the elderly people. He was a graduate of Canfield High School, member of the Ohio Bell Pioneers, the Antique Car Club of America Meander Chapter, the Model T-Club of Youngstown and Junior Achievement. 

Ralph served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a cable splicer with the 4199th Signal Service Battalion in Ledo, India, earning the rank of master sergeant. He was one of the nine founders of Kirkmere Development project. His hobbies were restoring old cars and working around the house, where he loved to fix and repair anything possible.

His first wife, Dorothy Stiver, whom he married May 18, 1940, died June 6, 1978. His second wife, Betty Bevan, whom he married May 26, 1979, died April 2, 2009. 

Ralph was a very caring and loving husband, father and grandfather, always being actively involved with the activities of each family member. He leaves a son, Richard (Pati) Bevan of Youngstown, and a stepdaughter, Janice (Gary) Grimm of Canfield; six grandchildren, Greg Bevan of Maryland, Jeff (Leanne) Bevan of Cincinnati, Michael and Stephen Bevan of Youngstown, Molly Grimm (Shannon Ward) of Cincinnati, Kenneth Grimm of Cincinnati; and a great-grandson, Garrett Ward-Grimm. He was preceded in death by his parents, his two wives, a son, Gary Bevan, two brothers, Edwin and Earl Bevan, and a sister, Dorothy Wimberly. 

The family requests that material contributions be made to Hospice House. Family and friends may view this obituary and send condolences at




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