Ralph was a truck driver for Valley Steel and was a member of the Teamsters union. A member of the Shriners and Masons, Ralph was a U.S. Army veteran, serving with the military police.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Frankie, nee Black, Meier; his parents, Otto C. and Myrtle, nee Thouvenin, Meier; a daughter-in-law, Debra Meier; two brothers, Charles (Mary) Meier and Leon (Mary) Thouvenin; a sister, Ruth Meier; a sister-in-law, Lorene Meier; and a nephew, Donald R. Meier.
Surviving are two sons, Gary Meier of Patoka, IL, and Tracy (Leigh) Meier of Elizabethtown, PA; a daughter, Mary (Mike) Etheridge of Hoffman, IL; eight grandchildren, Chris Meier, Laura Meier, Alex (Grace) Meier, Casey Meier, Kara (Curt) Bach, Mike Jr. (Erin) Etheridge, Michelle (Brandon) Pieron, and Justin (Shannon) Etheridge; 14 great-grandchildren, Ashton, Brenden, and Kamryn Pieron, Gwen, Olivia, Elise, Grace, and Luke Etheridge, Aubrey, Maddox, and Jaxon Etheridge, Conner Newkirk, Zach Bach, and Dominic Newcomb; four brothers, Ed (Kate) Meier, Clarence Meier, Earl (Carolyn) Meier, David Meier, many nieces and nephews; and many beloved family members in Georgia whom he cherished.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Cremation services were held and a private family burial will be at a later date.