Roger W. Ralph

Jun 13, 2018
Roger Ralph

Waldoboro — Roger W. Ralph, 84, passed away June 11, 2018, at Sussman House in Rockport. He was born the son of Willis A. Ralph and Gertrude T. (Burns) Ralph Jan. 18, 1934, in Waldoboro.

Roger worked at the age of 10 in local farmers’ fields and caring for the family chickens. As a teenager, Roger worked delivering milk products to local neighborhoods. He had many stories of those early working years.

As a young man, Roger delivered racehorses for Harold C. Ralph around the country and to Canada. Once Roger met his wife, Laura, he worked for Harold C. Ralph Chevrolet. Roger also worked alongside his late dad, Willis Ralph, in his construction business. Roger became known as a talented finish carpenter and was known in the Midcoast and beyond. Roger went on to have his own crew, teaching many young carpenters their craft. When the economy dropped in the 1970s, Roger went to work for Bath Iron Works. Before retiring, Roger worked for Ralph’s Homes in Waldoboro.

Roger had many friends. He was known as a tell-it-as-you-see-it kind of man. You always knew where you stood. He cared deeply for others and had many special memories with his wife, Laura, and their friends Wallace and Doris Prock. Roger loved going to camp with his daughter, Lynne, and the family. He never missed a family event unless his health didn’t allow. He had a deep love for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He had a wonderful cat, Pudge, that he dearly loved that was his constant companion.

Roger was fortunate to have special neighbors Rusty and Marissa Murray and their family. Roger’s daughter always knew that Roger was being watched out for by the Murrays.

He was predeceased by his wife, Laura Barter Ralph, and infant son Mark Steven Ralph.

He is survived by his daughter, Lynne R. Gushee, and husband Kendall L. Gushee of Appleton; stepdaughter Sherry L. Helvie of Columbia City, Ind.; grandchildren Gregory Davis and wife Mindy L. Davis of Thomaston, James H. Gushee and wife Heather V. Gushee of Houlton, Megan G. Juarez and husband Zechariah E. Juarez; great-grandchildren Ellaina Wren Juarez and Silas Ezekiel Juarez; step- grandson Darren Winters of Yarmouth; sisters Janice Arsenault of Waldoboro, Gail Howard of The Villages, Fla., Bonnie Orff and husband Roger Orff of Jefferson; sisters-in-law Rosemary Barter of Warren and Sharon Barter of Waldoboro; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visiting hours will be Friday, June 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hall Funeral Home, 949 Main St., Waldoboro, where funeral services for Roger will be held  Saturday, June 16,  at 2 p.m., with Pastor Elizabeth Bailey-Mitchell officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Roger’s name to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 3049 Syracuse, NY 13220-3049 or Pope Memorial Humane Society, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841.

Online condolences may be made at hallfuneralhomes.com.

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