Obituary for Ralph Daymude
Ralph Roland Daymude, 82, of Oxon Hill, Maryland passed away peacefully on February 8, 2017, surrounded by family at Holy Cross Hospital. Ralph was born in Arlington, Virginia on August 16, 1934 to Willie and Nettie Daymude. Ralph is survived by his loving wife, Delores Daymude; his daughters, Virginia McBride and husband, Thomas McBride; Margie Daymude; his grandchildren, Stacey, Douglas (Bucky), Tammy, and Katlyn; his eight great-grandchildren, Steven, David, Angel, Tyler, Chase, Logan, and baby “Sally” on the way. Ralph is one of eleven sisters and brothers, survived by Gilbert, Audrey, Dona, and Pete.
Ralph was quite the wild man until he met and married Delores on November 23, 1955. Ralph joined the Army National Guard in 1956, however, he worked as an automobile mechanic until he retired in 1999. A hard-working guy and dedicated, he was never willing to take a hand-out, he would sometimes work two and three jobs to support his family. He was a proud member of the Teamsters Local 639 Union. He acted as Union Shop Steward, where he was a negotiator and voice for his peers. Even after retirement, Ralph could not just sit at home and not moving, so he took a job delivering and maintaining handicap vehicles with Rideaway.
Past his career, Ralph enjoyed working on and tinkering with cars. He had a special love for the now antiques he grew up with and enjoyed old car shows, demolition derby’s, and monster truck jams. Younger, there were many stories involving drag racing cars, tearing it up on dune buggies, and holding his own demolition derbies with his brothers and friends. Though there were many on his list, the ’59 Chevy Impala topped the charts and would have made it into the garage if he had one. He never said no to a fishing trip. Family time was his most cherished time. He was always up for a visit from his great grandsons, though his daughters and grandchildren were just as special. He could be found every summer standing by the grill waiting on the hot dogs to get ready. He was always down for a picnic and a game of cards. Always be sure to watch, he was known to cheat a little Ruffin’ up his boys was a must and the boys were always game, throwing play punches and stealing his chair before he could sit down. There was never a time you needed Ralph and he didn’t show up. He has left nothing but love behind.
Family and Friends are invited to join in celebration of his life for a viewing at on Sunday, February 12th, 2-4pm or 6-8pm at:
George P. Kalas Funeral Home
6160 Oxon Hill Rd.
Oxon Hill, MD, 20745
A memorial service will commence the next day, Monday, February 13th, 2017, 11am, at the funeral home, followed by a short burial service at:
National Memorial Park
7482 Lee Highway
Falls Church, VA 22042
A reception will follow at Mary and Johnny Cameron’s house: