Ralph Boyd

Ralph Boyd

  • Funeral Date: 2/12/16
  • Funeral Time: 11:00 AM
  • Date of Birth: 10/12/34
  • Date of Death: 2/08/16
  • Funeral Location: Bierman Funeral Home - Northfield

Ralph Miller Boyd was born October 12, 1934, in Castle Rock, Minnesota, the youngest of 9 children, to Oakley and Inez (Miller) Boyd. He was a 1952 graduate of Northfield High School. Ralph was united in marrage to Carmen Henderson Stowe on February 15, 1953. After marriage they made their home in Northfield until 1979 when Ralph and Carmen moved their family to Dundas, living in the same home Ralph grew up in since he was one year old.

Ralph had a passion for working with wood as a cabinet maker, craftsman and wood artist. He worked as a carpenter and cabinet maker most of his career. Later in life he returned to school and became a licensed Building Inspector. He was hired by the City of Apple Valley and remained there until his retirement in January of 1999. Following retirement, Ralph and Carmen spent the last 16 winters in McAllen, Texas, where Ralph was known as the “Music Jam Man”. The music Jams at their winter home became his love and purpose and all who knew him loved him and enjoyed his weekly productions.

Ralph was part of the Dundas City Council for a time and a member of the Northfield Turners Guild. He enjoyed gardening, pickling, hunting and going on road trips in the motorhome. He especially cherished the time he spent with his family. When they summered in the north the weekly family gatherings and happy hours were very important to him.

On Monday morning, February 8, 2016, surrounded by his loving wife and family, Ralph passed away at the Northfield Hospital Long Term Care Center at the age of 81.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Carmen; daughter Kathryn (Gerry) Franek of Northfield: son Douglas (Elsie) of Orlando; daughters:, Barbara (Joseph) Klinkhammer of Northfield; and Marcia (David) Karg of Farmington; 12 grandchildren: Benjamin, Lisa (Peter Everest), and Thomas Franek, Nicole, Karena and Kurt Boyd, Zebadiah (Melissa), Alexander (Laci) and Lindsey Klinkhammer, Dustin (Victoria) and Brandon Johnson, and Tyler Karg; 2 great-granddaughters Allison and Kylie Johnson; sister Iva Nere of Mankato; sister-in-law Ellen Boyd of St. Paul; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and 7 siblings.

Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Thursday, February 11th at the Bierman Funeral Home and continue one hour prior to the service on Friday. Memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, February 12, 2016

Memorials preferred to Northfield Hospital Meals-on-Wheels.


  1. Ray and Toni Otto

    Ralph was a great friend to everyone at the lake. Our prayers go out to you and your family.

  2. Ray and Toni Otto

    Ralph was a great friend to everyone at the lake. Our prayers are with you and your family.