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Ralph Wayne Friend departed this life at the age of 88 on Oct. 21, 2016.
Ralph was born on June 11, 1928; the son of Golda Belle (Schmidt) Friend and Elven Ellsworth Friend in Logan, Ohio. He moved to Madison, Ohio, as a young man and married Edna Marie Bray of Painesville, Ohio. Ralph and Edna had three children; Dianne, Gail and Ralph Jr.
Ralph was pre-deceased by his wife, Edna; and his son, Ralph Wayne Jr.; brothers, Maynard, Willard, Ray, Bernard ; and sisters, Mildred, Elizabeth, Frieda and Lena.
He is survived by his sister, Lola (Friend) Krannitz (James) of Logan, Ohio; daughters, Dianne Tidy (Ken) of North East, Md., and Gail Brandt (Carl) of Forest Lake, MN.; his grandsons, Sean Tidy (Patti) of Tucson, Ariz., Seth Tidy (Kellie) of Newark, Del., Matthew Brandt (Nichole) of Forest Lake, MN., Mitchell Brandt of Anoka, MN., and Scott Brandt (Blayne) of Delaware, Ohio. Ralph is also survived by eight great-grandchildren: Moira, Kayla and Sabrina Tidy; Atryk, Reghan, Abram, Olivia and Ella Brandt.
A Celebration of Ralph's Life will be held on May 27th, at 11 a.m., at the North Madison Cemetery on Hubbard Road, Madison, Ohio. A luncheon for family and friends will be held at the Bill Stanton Community Park Recreation Hall, 5585 Chapel Road, Madison, Ohio. Please join us and share a story or two about Ralph.
Published on May 18, 2017
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