Ralph was a lifelong resident of the area and attended local schools. In addition to helping with his family's farm, Ralph worked several jobs before entering the US Army in 1941. He served under General George Patton as a member of Btry C 721 FA Bn., during World War II and took part in several European campaigns including the Battle of the Buldge. He received numerous awards and citations for his service. He was honorably discharged November 17, 1945. He was instrumental in introducing Italian food to the longtime neighborhood barroom, Parillo's Armory Grill, and it soon became known as one of the best restaurants in town. He was especially well known for his original soups. Ralph also had a love of carpentry and woodworking. Remodeling his home and those of his children was a labor of love. Ralph was a quiet and unassuming man, who devoted his life to his family and cherished the time spent with them. He was especially proud of all of their accomplishments together.