Person:Ralph Honey (1)

Ralph William Edgar Honey, Meat Industry Executive
m. 19 Nov 1912
  1. Winifred Honey1914 - 1914
  2. Ralph William Edgar Honey, Meat Industry Executive1917 - 1985
  3. Lillian Mabel Honey1920 - 1994
  • HRalph William Edgar Honey, Meat Industry Executive1917 - 1985
  • WMary MitchellBef 1919 - 1993
m. 1936
Facts and Events
Name Ralph William Edgar Honey, Meat Industry Executive
Gender Male
Birth[1] 18 Sep 1917 Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
Marriage 1936 to Mary Mitchell
Death[1] 16 Jul 1985 Tarzana, Los Angeles County, California

About Ralph Honey

Ralph W. Honey was born 18 September 1917 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, son of Edgar Honey (b. 1889) and his wife Mabel Hambly (1891-1987), both immigrants from England who came to America after the turn of the century.

Ralph was an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America and got his first job in the meat industry at age 12, working after school and on weekends in his father's meat market in Chicago. His first jobs as a young man in the food business, beginning in 1938, were working for a retail chain store, for meat products Wilson & Co. and later for the Coca-Cola Company in sales.
His career at Oscar Mayer began in 1938, in the order filling department. He moved to Modesto, California and attended Modesto Junior College, where he met his wife Mary Mitchell whom he married in 1936.

With the exception of serving his country two years with the United States Navy in World War II, the remainder of Ralph's adult life was spent working for Oscar Mayer. He worked his way up the ranks through various sales and management assignments until he was named the manager of Oscar Mayer's production plant in Los Angeles, California. in 1967, Ralph was named Vice President and Western Regional Manager. Ralph retired from the meat-industry on 1 January 1977 after 35 years with Oscar Mayer and 39 years in the food industry.

During his career, Ralph Honey was active in a local Southern California food-industry trade association, the Dairy/Deli/Bakery Council (DDBC), an organization that still exists today in 2014.
Ralph was first recognized by the Deli Council in October 1967, when he received its "Big Cheese" Award.

Ralph Honey passed away on 16 July 1985 in Tarzana, Los Angeles County, California. His contributions to the food industry were many and he has been remembered fondly by his co-workers and friends.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Public Member Trees: (Note: not considered a reliable primary source).
  2.   California. Department of Public Health. Bureau of Vital Statistics. Death Index, 1940-1997.

    California, Death Index, 1940-1997
    Name: Ralph W Honey
    Social Security #: 572017613
    Gender: Male
    Birth Date: 18 Sep 1917
    Birth Place: Illinois
    Death Date: 16 Jul 1985
    Death Place: Los Angeles
    Mother's Maiden Name: Hambly

  3.   Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index: Death Master File, database. (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service).

    Name: Ralph Honey
    Social Security Number: 572-01-7613
    Birth Date: 18 Sep 1917
    Issue Year: Before 1951
    Issue State: California
    Last Residence: 91356, Tarzana, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Death Date: Jul 1985

  4.   Cook, Illinois, United States. Birth Certificates Index, 1871-1922: [database on-line]. (Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011).

    Name: Ralph William Edgar Honey
    Birth Date: 18 Sep 1917
    Birth Place: Chicago, Cook, Illinois
    Gender: Male
    Father: Edgar Honey
    Mother: Mabel Hambly
    FHL Film Number: 1308784

  5.   United States. U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947. ( [database online], 2011).

    Name: Ralph William E Honey
    Race: White
    Age: 23
    Relationship to Draftee: Self (Head)
    Birth Date: 18 Sep 1917
    Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA
    Residence Place: Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA
    Registration Date: 16 Oct 1940
    Registration Place: Illinois, USA
    Employer: Wilson And Co.
    Weight: 190
    Complexion: Light
    Eye Color: Blue
    Hair Color: Brown
    Height: 6
    Next of Kin: Edgar Honey
    Household Members:
    Name Relationship
    Ralph William E Honey Self (Head)
    Edgar Honey Father