He began a long career at the age of 16, following the death of his father. His career included work for Texaco, American Standard, Holy Trinity, Apex Appraisal, Linden Construction and Avon Local Schools, from where he retired in 1994.
He was a U.S. Army Veteran, enlisting December 8, 1950 and serving in Korea. On January 3, 1953 he married Lois Faragher, with whom he started a family, raising five daughters. Other interests included collecting toy tractors, restoring and showing vintage John Deere tractors, fishing, NASCAR Auto Racing and farming. He was a founding member of the National Farm Toy Museum in Dyersville, Iowa. One of the highlights of his retirement was participating on an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. to tour the memorials. He was also instrumental in the restoration of the Holy Trinity Cemetery on Jaycox Road.
Ralph is survived by his wife of 61 years, Lois M. (nee Faragher); his daughters, Denise Buck (Craig) of Wakeman, Diane Martin (Tom) of Ontario, Canada, Donna Hartman (Kyle) of Kingwood, West Virginia, Doreen Bartlett (Ken) of Sunbury and Dawn Galant (Peter) of Eaton Township; grandchildren Jacob, Marcie, Caleb, Luke, Zachary, Josh, Danielle, Cory, Eric, Stevens, Gregory, Grant, Nathan; six great grandchildren; brother, George; and sisters, Agnes Jungbluth and Dorothy Ciocca.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Rose (nee Gilles); sister, Rose Mary Hogrefe; and brother, Glenn.
Friends may call at the Busch Funeral Home, 32000 Detroit Rd., Avon, (440) 937-6175, from 4 to 8 P.M., Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Prayer service will be in the funeral home at 9:30 A.M., Wednesday, February 19, 2014, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Trinity Church, 33601 Detroit Rd., Avon at 10 A.M. Fr. John Misenko will officiate. Interment will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Jaycox Road, Avon.