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"Together Again"Ralph E. Spencer
82, of Gnadenhutten passed away after a lengthy illness on Jan. 19, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center in Canton. Born on Feb. 12, 1930 at Gnadenhutten, he was a son of the late Earnest and Nellie Allean (Jones) Spencer. A life resident of Gnadenhutten, Ralph graduated from Gnadenhutten High School in 1948. He then went on to serve his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. Upon returning home he started his career at Alsco and retired from there in 1993 after 43 years of employment. Ralph was very active in his community, for over 25 years he served the American Cross as an instructor, Gnadenhutten's Volunteer Fire Department, and volunteered at Indian Valley Schools as a trainer. Ralph enjoyed cheering on the high school sports and never missed a home game. Ralph's other passions include fishing and working with leather and pewter. Ralph was proud of his nickname "Gopher", given to him by his Pioneer re-enactment friends. He was a member of the Gnadenhutten United Methodist Church.
On Nov. 25, 1950 Ralph married the former, Laura J. Besozzi who passed away on June 18, 1996. They are survived by daughters, Mrs. Harold "Hank" (Debbie) Keathley and Diane Robinson both of Gnadenhutten; grandchildren, Danny (Alison) Keathley of Gnadenhutten and Myra (Terry) Robison-Hamlin of New Philadelphia; great- grandchildren, Kylee (Brandon) Thornton, Mathew, Dakota, Dalton, and Zachary Hamlin, and Makayla and Caden Keathley; a great-great- grandson, Kegain Thornton; a brother, E. Dale Spencer of Gnadenhutten; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, he is preceded in death by brothers, Leonard and Cecil Spencer; sister, Patricia Hupp; brother-in-law, Clarence Hupp; a sister-in-law, Sandy Spencer; and son-in-law, Charles Robinson, Jr.
Services for Ralph, officiated by Pastor Gregg Kelly and Pastor Tom Klaserner, will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the R.K. Lindsey Funeral Home in Dennison. Interment will follow at Gnadenhutten-Clay Union Cemetery beside his beloved wife. Family and friends are invited to call at the funeral home from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home. Those wishing to honor his memory by a charitable contribution are encouraged to do so to a
or Community Hospice.
Published in The Times Reporter on Jan. 21, 2013