He was born Dec. 12, 1933, in Oswego, N.Y.
He was a member of Oxford United Methodist Church, Oxford, Fla.
He worked as a chemical engineer for Olin Corporation. Ralph moved from Cleveland in 1995 to The Villages.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Nancy, of The Villages; daughter: Debbie (Brad) Rhodes of Bainbridge, Ohio; son: Jeffrey of Cleveland; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, brothers: Jim of The Villages, and Bob of Oswego.
Celebration of life will be held Nov. 10, 2012, 11 a.m. at Oxford United Methodist Church.
The family recommends memorials to Oxford United Methodist Church, Trustee Fund, 3906 East CR 466, Oxford, FL 34484.
Arrangements entrusted with Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, The Villages, FL, 352-753-8353.
Sentiments may be left online at www.hiers-baxley.com.