AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – Ralph Lee Gifford, 80, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at Briarfield Manor.
Born May 22, 1932, he was the son of Russell and Hannah (Sterling) Gifford.
Mr. Gifford graduated from Girard High School, Girard, Ohio.
He served in the U.S. Air Force.
He worked for Youngstown Sheet and Tube (LTV) for 36 years, retiring in 1986.
He also worked for the Austintown School System as a custodian and retired in 2005 after 17 years of service there.
He enjoyed singing and sang in a Barbershop Quartet.
He played softball for Youngstown Sheet and Tube for many years, where he was manager for some time.
He also umpired the games.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Arlene E. (Stambaugh), whom he married on Aug. 16, 1952; children John (Wanda) Gifford of West Palm Beach, Fla., Russell (Susan) Gifford of Youngstown, Carol (David) Mulholland of Austintown, and David (Melanie) Gifford of Hartford; and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Private services will be held.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Wickliffe Christian Church in Austintown, Ohio.
Family and friends can visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com
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