He was born on Feb. 7, 1929, to a large Italian family in Easton, Pennsylvania. He has resided in Homosassa, Florida, for the last 15 years.
Surviving are his wife, Shirley (Sue) Verdolini; stepchildren, Dorothy Biby of Virginia, Connie (Ken) Rusin of East Smithfield, Pennsylvania, George Gurnsey of Inverness, Florida, and April Beck of Brooksville, Florida; and a sister, Lillian Scampinni of San Francisco, California. He had six step-grandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren.
He was pre-deceased by his parents; four brothers; his first wife, Anna Mahosky Gurnsey; and his step-daughter-in-law, Sharon Gurnsey.
Ralph was in the Merchant Marines for 14 years, then moved to the Gillett, Pennsylvania, area and worked as a carpenter.