OBITUARY

Ralph A Nye Jr

October 17, 1972October 11, 2014

Heaven received another angel. Ralph Nye was an amazing man. Words can't express how much he will be missed and the void that will be left in his absence. He was the best son, partner, brother, uncle, cousin, nephew and friend. Those of you who were blessed to know him understand what a great man Ralph was. He always greeted you with a smile. He never put himself first and never told anyone no when he was busy. He was a kind, caring, energetic, and thoughtful man. He had a huge heart and his life impacted so very many people all around the world. This past Friday October, 17th we celebrated his life and 42nd birthday. He is survived by his partner, David Rausch, his parents Ralph and Kay Nye, his sister Stefanie Lysons (Cole), a nephew Nicholas, nieces Kaleigh and Olivia, and his pets, Jackie, Baxter, and Chase. A memorial fund has been set up in Ralph’s honor with Wells Fargo.

The Ralph Nye Memorial Fund Wells Fargo Acct. # 1607103627

Arrangements under the direction of A.L. Moore-Grimshaw Bethany Chapel, Phoenix, AZ.

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Liz Karl

November 26, 2014

I met Ralph just over 2 years ago when i was new in role. He was so helpful in sharing knowledge and getting me up to speed. I liked and respected him right away. More recently I realized we had a love for Labradoodles in common. I'm fortunate to have known Ralph. He will certainly be missed.

Tanner Rausch

November 24, 2014

Ralph was one of the most caring and genuine people I have known. It was always a pleasure being in his company, many laughs were always had. We would often text/chat and he was always interested in how I was doing/how work was going/if I found a girlfriend yet etc. I know he is now in a better place but I will deeply miss being around his positive and caring soul. Much love to David and the Nye's.

Thomas Wong

November 19, 2014

Attended the memorial service for Ralph a few weeks ago, a colleage, and a past leader of mine. Many in my network were there and 'Ralphie' was a central point of connection for many of us who worked together over the years, and got me to thinking of what people will say about any of us when we're gone.

Talking with family gave us a more rounded view of the personal life Ralph led and in hopes of capturing some of those facets of him - I thought I'd share some of the facts and stories which made Ralph a great leader and an admirable person.

Ralph's mom told us he was born 7 weeks premature - probably in a rush to get started on his life! He had a difficult first few days as a preemie and was a fighter from the very beginning. When he first started school, Ralph took Post-It notes with a checklist of things to be done to get ready and flow-charted his morning activities on the bathroom mirror - an early project planner and strategic thinker!

He once won an award at school (which he was humble about and didn't mention to family) for noticing that the flag in front of the school was raised upside-down and for going to the office to correct it - a responsible problem solver, Ralph always went the extra mile to make things right. Throughout his life, Ralph provided telephone 'Tech Support' to friends, family, and his extensive network for being known as the go-to guy on just about anything. The breadth of knowledge he gathered and resonated was truly astounding. He went out of his way to share what he'd learned with anyone he thought it would help.

His prowess with technology had no bounds, and his family have fond memories of seeing Ralph off to the side checking his e-mail or sending TXT messages to friends, family, and co-workers - anyone who needed his help was only fingertips away. Ralph leveraged technology to deepen relationships, not as a distraction. Everyone we talked to mentioned his finesse in relationships, both personal and professional. He had a knack with people; resolving difficult conflicts, leading through change, and being there as a quiet proponent and a dedicated supporter - these are the consistencies between his professional career and his personality.

I had the pleasure of reporting to Ralph for a short period of time between leadership changes, and will always remember the warm-hearted approach he took to leading people. Ralph was a friend to everyone he met or worked with, and could be relied upon to bring people closer together to solve problems. A uniter, Ralph engaged a wide network of diverse people and aligned them to common goals.

For anyone who traveled with Ralph on business, they would know he combined trips for maximum effect and I feel lucky to have had lunch with him in Boston at a restaurant on top of a high rise when our travel schedules barely crossed. He made time for people.

Ralph positively changed the lives of everyone he connected with, and that's the best eulogy any of us can hope to accomplish. You'll be missed, Ralph, -T.

FROM THE FAMILY