Obituary of Ralph Bryed Billerbeck |

Obituary of Ralph Bryed Billerbeck

Ralph Bryed Billerbeck, 90, passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 12th, 2020.

Bryed was born in Chicago Illinois but grew up in Beverly Shores Indiana at the base of Lake Michigan with his father Fred, mother Ruth, Aunt Elizabeth, and brothers George and Fred. He attended Purdue University and graduated from Indiana University Medical School. He then became an Airforce Flight Surgeon and was put in charge of the Madigan General Hospital in Fort Lewis, WA. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before going into private practice as a General Practitioner in Sacramento for more than 40 years.

Bryed is survived by his partner of 16 years, Rosalie Baker, his daughters Fawn, Kindra and Tristen, his sons Bryed and Darin, 13 Grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren. He was preceded in passing by his wife of 50 years Ellen and his brother George and Fred. He was a devoted, loving, encouraging and generous husband, father and grandfather.

Bryed stayed active his entire life. He called his move to Nevada County in 2012, his adventure years, traveling the world with Rosalie and usually a grandchild or two visiting more than 134 countries. He was an avid bridge player and cyclist. In his early years, he was a Scout Master and team physician to many area sports teams. He cycled several double centuries, ran multiple marathons, participated in triathlon relays, hiked in the Swiss Alps or the Sierras, usually with one or more of his children or grandchildren. He loved the outdoors, hiking, skiing, bicycling, gardening, travel, games, theater, model ship building and his dog Ginger. He was a brilliant man who taught us all so many things, how to work hard and smart, the importance of family, how to have fun, the love of learning and always to help others. Though he will be sorely missed, he leaves us all with many treasured memories.

At his request there will be no funeral service. There will be a “Celebration of Life”, Saturday

February 1, at 12:00pm at his home in Nevada City. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the University of California, Davis Medical School, Alzheimer’s disease Center online at:

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