The Ralph Ice Bridge was officially dedicated Saturday afternoon in Jacksonburg.
Ice, who now lives in New Martinsville, was a community leader in the Wetzel County community that the bridge spans. He was the longtime postmaster of the Jacksonburg Post Office and worked in any way he could to make the area better.
"I cannot think of anything my father has turned down when was asked to help," said daughter Theresa Ice during Saturday's reception and ceremony. "I feel like my father has really earned this plaque on the bridge."
Pictured at center are Ralph Ice and his wife Fairy, surrounded by family members.
Sen. Larry Edgell, D-Wetzel, said only one month after his election Ralph Ice was asking for his assistance in seeing that the bridge now bearing his name was completed. "He was persistent," said Edgell. "That's how the bridge got finished."
He continued, "When I was approached about naming the bridge after Ralph, there was just no doubt."
Not only did Ralph Ice serve his community, he is also a veteran of World War II. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and helped liberated Ohrduf, the first Nazi concentration camp to be liberated by U.S. Troops in Germany. "Never in my wildest dreams did I dream anything like this," said Ice, who continued with heartfelt emotion, "Jacksonburg will always be home to me."