Ralph was born on Oct. 24, 1918 in Philadelphia, Pa., the second of six children to Christian and Sarah (Elmer) Ungemach. At age 12, he and his brothers were admitted to the Hershey Industrial School, an orphanage for disadvantaged boys, where he learned the sheet metal trade, which he practiced the rest of his life.
Ralph married Charlotte in 1941. They worked together in the Philadelphia Navy Yard during World War II and started a family in 1945. Ralph built their first home in Elizabethtown, Pa. In 1956, the family migrated to Fresno, Calif., where Ralph took a job in the heating and air conditioning business, eventually relocating to Pleasanton, then to Discovery Bay. Ralph retired in 1980. For several years, he and Charlotte enjoyed frequent trips in their motor home, often with the “39ers,” friends from their Fresno years.
Ralph and Charlotte devoted their lives to one another and their family, often hosting holiday gatherings and inviting the grandkids for memorable weeks in the summer. Ralph was a charter member of the Discovery Bay Lions Club, serving on the board and as treasurer for the annual boat show for many years. He was awarded a lifetime membership in 2002.
Ralph and Charlotte are dearly remembered by their two daughters and sons-in-law, Bonnie and Stuart Sevener of Antioch, Calif., and Donna and Bill Snyder of Eugene, Ore.; grandchildren, Mike, Erin, and Sadie; and great-grandchildren, Audrey, Drew, Rylan, Scarlett, Tierney, Cora and Kai. Ralph is also survived by his sisters, Clara Lane, Mildred Brown and Dena Garrison.