Private Ralph Dyer, of Company C, 55th Engineers, was born on the 3rd day of February, 1896.
He grew to manhood in this community and on the 25th day of February, 1918, he left Mount Ayr for Camp Dodge, where he took up the duties of a private soldier. From there he was moved to Camp Custer, MI., where he continued his duties as a soldier until he was stricken with measles and pneumonia to which he succumed on Thursday, May 9, 1918 at 8:30 o’clock p.m., aged 22 years, 3 months and 6 days.
He was a vigorous young man and full of life. As a workman he did his work well and in the jovial spirit which seemed to lighten the work for himself as well as those with whom he worked.
He was a good soldier and went about his duties in the same jovial way which won for him high esteem of his comrades and their commander.
Private Ralph has done his bit and now he rests with these cheering words form his commander: “He was a good soldier, always in a jovial spirit and ever attentive to orders.”
Services were held in Ringgold Church, conducted by A.N. Morris and Rev. Rhoades, on Wednesday, the 15th, and the burial was in the Watterson Cemetery.