Ralph B. Woodward, 62, of Amherst, passed away Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at Mercy Health - New Life Hospice, Lorain, following a short illness.
Born April 17, 1956 in Danville, Illinois, Ralph lived in the Cleveland and Lorain area including Vermilion before settling in Amherst.
Ralph's career as a commercial printer began at The Lorain Printing Company. During this time, he also helped out Louis Bodnar, owner of Bodnar Printing in Lorain. In 1980, Ralph purchased Bodnar Printing and remained the owner and operator until retiring in 2017 when his son Nate took over the business.
Ralph's greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren. He also enjoyed golfing and traveling, classic rock and Corvettes.
Surviving is his loving wife of 41 years, Bonnie (nee Boetticher); his son, Nate (Amanda) Woodward of Amherst; daughters, Sue (Jereme) Blackburn of Fort Belvoir, Virginia and Angela (Adam) Snyder of Pemberville, Ohio; father, Charles (Shirley) Woodward of Danville, Illinois; his grandchildren, Sophia, Haley, Vivianne and Veronica; a brother, Rob Woodward of Danville, Illinois; and sisters, Sherri Stebbins and Becky Dickelman of Danville, Illinois.
Ralph was preceded in death by his mother, Marylin Lee (nee Bennett) Gutschmidt in 2005.
Private service for the family were held. The Dovin Funeral and Cremation Specialists, 2701 Elyria Avenue, Lorain, handled the arrangements.