Ralph Gerding



Ralph Gerding, 95, of North Ridgeville, passed away Thursday, February 14, 2019 at O'Neill Healthcare Bay Village. He was born in Cleveland and had been a resident of North Ridgeville since 1957.

Ralph worked as a tool and die maker at MTD before retiring in 1988. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in WWII. He was a member of St. Peter Church, former member of VFW Post 9871, Knights of St John, American Legion Clifton Post in Fairview Park, member and past president of West Branch Rifle and Pistol Club, life member of NRA and Ohio R&P Aircraft Owners and Pilots Assoc. He enjoyed hunting and competitive shooting, flying, and scuba diving.

Survivors include his daughters, Lin (Gerald) Matus of Avon Lake, Nancy Partyka of North Ridgeville; sons, Dennis (Mary) of Grafton and Jeffrey of North Ridgeville; grandchildren, Dana (John) Thain, Kara (Christopher) Starkey, Joseph (Kristina) and Samuel Partyka, Andrew, Rebecca, Evan, Kyle, Bradley and Matthew Gerding and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie; parents, Albert and Blanche (nee Bennett); sons, David and Kenneth; son-in-law, David Partyka; sisters, Thelma Dowman and Doris Frantz; brothers, Albert, Edward, Leonard and Norman.

Private services will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Peter Church. For further information or to leave an online condolence, please visit

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