He was born May 11, 1925, in Lucasville, a son of the late John Peter and Mable Morgan Bernthold. Ralph was a retired assembly line worker for General Motors in Columbus and was a U.S. Army WWII veteran.
He is survived by one daughter, Judy (Bob) Meech of Eastlake, Ohio; two sons, Jerry Bernthold of West Portsmouth and Johnny (Sherry) Bernthold of Louisville, Ky.; four grandchildren; one great-grandson; three brothers, Harold Bernthold of Samger, Calif., Earl Bernthold of Cowpen, S.C., and Melvin Bernthold of Sciotoville; and two sisters, Lucy Hafer and Marcella Crabtree, both of Lucasville.
He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Diane Bernthold.
Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008, at the McKinley Funeral Home in Lucasville, with Pastor Bob Davis officiating. Burial will follow in Lucasville Cemetery where military graveside rites will be performed by the William A. Baker Post of the American Legion. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9:30 a.m. until the funeral hour at the funeral home Saturday.