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Ralph Earl, 90, of Brandon, Florida, left this world to be with Our Lord on Thursday, March 21, 2013. He was born on August 15, 1922 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Warren Ellis and Cecile Lepper Leavitt. He served with the US Army in Europe during WWII and was instrumental in restoring communications in Paris after D-Day. Ralph retired from AT&T after 46 years of service as a traffic engineer. He was a member of Bell Shoals Baptist Church of Brandon, formerly of Havendale Christian Church of Winter Haven, FL and Mt. Carmel Christian Church of Decatur, GA. He was a scout leader, church deacon and elder. He belonged to the Church Builders founded in 1972 and participated in the building of more than 20 churches across North America. Ralph was an avid traveler, reader, political enthusiast and a former member of the Masons. He was predeceased by his devoted wife of 58 years, Marion. Survivors include his sons, Tom (Carol) of Brandon, FL, Fred (Linda) of Covington, GA, Steve (Rose) of Boise, ID, Jeff (Debbie) of Gardena, CA and Gary (Pam) of Cincinnati, OH; sister, Dorothy Follet of Merritt Island, FL; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a loving extended family and friends. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, March 28, at 11 AM with family receiving friends at 10 AM at Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, Brandon, FL. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent in Ralph's name to Life Path Hospice, 12470 Telecom Drive, Suite 300, Temple Terrace, FL 33637. Ralph will be deeply missed and forever loved
Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Mar. 27, 2013