Ralph Boe

Obituary of Ralph Boe

Ralph Boe passed away quietly on Friday, January 22, 2021 after a long battle with cancer.  He is survived by his loving wife Rita, son Mark (Carmen), granddaughters Marie & Jessica.

The only child of May and Clarence Boe, Ralph was born and raised in Chicago.  In 1944 the family moved to an 18-acre farm in the small town of Allegan, Michigan.  Two years later Ralph was starring on the Allegan High School football, basketball and track teams.  After graduation, he attended Albion College in Michigan where he received his degree in Business and Psychology.  While at Albion he was an active member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, played on the school’s football team, and was elected Student Council President.

Upon graduation from Albion, Mr. Boe began a long and successful career in Human Resources and Employee Relations.  He was recruited by Michigan Bell telephone straight out of college: within six months however, he was drafted into the Army and served two years at Fort Benning in Georgia, eventually being promoted to the rank of sergeant at Personnel Headquarters.

At the end of his tour of duty, he left Michigan Bell and took a position with Allstate Insurance in their corporate offices just outside of Chicago.

It was in Chicago that he met and married Rita, with whom he raised two children, Craig who passed away in 2007 and Mark who lives in New Jersey with his wife Carmen and their daughter Marie.  

The next 25 years saw Ralph’s career take him from Illinois to Allstate’s field office in Denver, and then back to Illinois with Reynolds Metals; he finally settled in with Warner-Lambert as Personnel Manager of their confectionary division.

Mr. Boe soon moved to their corporate offices in Morris Plains, NJ and then to Connecticut when the company acquired Schick Razors.  After some corporate reorganization Ralph returned to Morris Plains as Director of Employee Relations: twelve years later he was named Vice President of Human Resources for the Consumer Products Division. He eventually retired in 1992.

A Memorial Service will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, in Mendham, NJ on Wednesday, February 10th at 11am.  Seating will be limited to 30 people and to attend virtually please click on the following link https://youtu.be/nPBVzdHIDRg


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