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In Memory of
Ralph E. Melvin
January 8, 1939 - July 17, 2020

Visitation:
Monday, July 27th from 11 am to 2 pm at Moreland Funeral Home

Service:
Tuesday, July 28th at 11 am at New Hope Church

Interment:
Otterbein Cemetery

RALPH ELWOOD MELVIN age 81, passed peacefully in his beloved Liberty Township home Powell OH, July 17, 2020. He was a self-made man, resilient, compassionate and judging by the FB comments, considered to be one of the best of the best Captains to ever work the waters of Lakes Erie, Ontario and Michigan and Canada. Born in Louisville KY January 8, 1939, as a very young boy he took on the role of big brother, he worked as a bicycle delivery boy for a drug store and a stock boy for Winn Dixie where he was awarded a scholarship to University of Louisville in the fall of 1958 after having graduated Dupont Manual High School. At U of L he was a member of the AFROTC. Ralph was considered one of the Plastic Piping Pioneers His career started at the forefront of the plastic piping business when he joined Tube Turn Plastics 1959. Tube Turn Plastics was the first molder of Plastic piping fittings in the USA. He moved up rapidly first as a Customer Service Representative then promoted to Customer Service Manager at Louisville 1963. He was Customer Service Mgr at Cabot Piping Systems until 1978. He transferred to Columbus OH Headquarters of Celanese Piping Systems in 1976 where he was National Sales Manager. In 1980 he joined Corro-Flo Engineering Inc. started by his very good friend, Guillermo (Bill) Vanegas, as the Northern Ohio Mgr. After having met revenue and profitability goals for the new Columbus branch he established a new branch in Detroit. Ralph and Mary Ann enjoyed the many opportunities to socialize with the entire Corro-Flo family at after work sessions parties. He particularly enjoyed the Chem Show in NYC where the gang hosted by Bill attended Broadway Shows and saw Rockefeller Center during the Christmas season and playing golf among the alligators at the Doral. When Corro-Flo was sold to Harrington Plastics they retained Ralph. He had seen a need for a product that he could supply as a cottage industry side line business. He continued to own and operate Elwood Industries selling exclusively to Harrington for many years. Prior to his retirement he coupled his love of fishing with a weekend business HIGH INTEREST FISHING CHARTERS. He obtained a 50 ton Masters license and became known for his ability to find fish then decide what was needed to catch fish. His favorite place to be was their condo/dock at Come Sail Away on Catawba Island near Port Clinton OH. With the dock at the door it was only a short 20 minute cruise out the west Harbor Channel to that days chosen fishing hole. He was the COMPLETE OUTDOORSMAN from Elk hunting the Rockies to the Pope and Young he bagged with his bow in southern OH. He passed this love of fishing and hunting to not only his son and grandson but to all the children and grandchildren of the large blended family Mary Ann and he cherished. Grandchildren were holding their first fishing pole soon after they were walking! The family enjoyed many years of Grammies Great Eggstravaganza , Christmas celebrations and fire pit hot dog roasts in addition to the visits to Come Sail Away. Ralph is survived by his wife of 30 years, Mary Ann, his two children with Patricia Ann Melvin, Ralph Jr of East Liberty Oh (Cindy) and Layna of Longmont CO. Mary Anns two daughters who called him Dad, Vickie (Michael Smith) of Hilliard and Caryn (Brian) Enderle of Powell; grandchildren Nicholas (significant other Allison Mangun), Jackie Ridder( Brock), Julie Melvin( fiancé Isaac Akins) Alexandra Amendol, A.J. Amendol, Kyle Enderle, and two step grandchildren Tia and Colton Smith. His Louisville family include his brother Russell (Bonnie) and his Sister, Joyce Bosse (AJ) nieces Kim Breslin (Jim), Kelly Matz (Jeff) Jessica Case. There are many grand nieces and nephews. His sister-in-law Marjorie (James) Kienle of Indianapolis. Ralph had hundreds of friends through the plastic industry, those who chartered with him and quickly became friends, his neighbors in Scioto Hills and the wonderful group of neighbors who to know him became instant friends at Come Sail Away. He was a member of Port Clinton Elks Lodge 1718, Moose International, and Mary Ann always said he should be the Pres. of a handymans club because there was nothing he would not try to fix, install or tinker with. Calling hours Monday July 27th 11:00am -2:00 at Moreland Funeral Home 55 E Schrock Rd Westerville, OH 43081 Graveside service to follow for family only. Celebration of Life Service Tuesday July 28 11:00am at New Hope Church 4739 W Powell Rd Powell OH 43065 open to all friends and family Rev Steve Norden presiding It was Ralphs wishes that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to the New Hope Shelter House Fund New Hope Church Powell OH

Condolences

Marjorie

Jul 21, 2020

FYI

 

Hilda Enderle

Jul 21, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Interesting obituary.. thanks for sharing.

 

Mandy Boyles

Jul 21, 2020

Mary Ann and Family- I am so sorry for your loss. May you find peace in this time of sorrow.

 

David and Lori Graham-Frees

Jul 21, 2020

Dearest MaryAnn, Our loving thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this special time of memory and hope. Wish we could with you personally but we certainly will be with you in Spirit! Blessings and Love David and Lori Graham-Frees Willoughby, Ohio

 

Sharon Izzi

Jul 22, 2020

 

Nick and Deb Chilcote

Jul 22, 2020

 

Ted and Joyce Bassett

Jul 24, 2020

 

Jim Bradley

Jul 24, 2020

I was very saddened to hear that Ralph was gone. I had the good fortune and privilege of working with Ralph, starting in 1967 when I joined Cabot Piping. Ralph is one of the pioneers for industrial plastic piping with both manufacturers and distributors. MY memories of Ralph are many: working the Chem Show in NYC, patrolling Beechwood Village as a volunteer cop,and scouring the hills of Colorado looking for elk. He was definitely one of the "Good Guys," and he will be missed. Success is what we leave behind, so Ralph was definitely a success.

 

Fred Ballard

Jul 27, 2020

Mary Ann & family, My most sincere condolences for your loss of such a kind loving man. I had the privilege of working with Ralph for many years at Chemtrol and after he left for his next adventure at Corro-Flo. The good times we had w/Ralph and MaryAnn at many of the functions we shared together like the NY Chem show, Doral and who could forget their wedding celebration. Hard to beleive that was 30 years ago. So many were blessed to have known him. Peace to you all. May God be with you in the days ahead.

 

Fred Ballard

Jul 27, 2020

Mary Ann & family, My most sincere condolences for your loss of such a kind loving man. I had the privilege of working with Ralph for many years at Chemtrol and after he left for his next adventure at Corro-Flo. The good times we had w/Ralph and MaryAnn at many of the functions we shared together like the NY Chem show, Doral and who could forget their wedding celebration. Hard to beleive that was 30 years ago. So many were blessed to have known him. Peace to you all. May God be with you in the days ahead.

 

Jerri Barnstable

Jul 29, 2020