OLD TOWN - Ralph F. LaPlante Jr., 81, passed away after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson's disease on July 10, 2015. Ralph was born in Old Town on January 24, 1934, the son of Ralph Sr. and Doris (Cates) LaPlante.
Ralph graduated from Old Town High School in 1953. Upon graduating he was employed as a sheet metal worker. He enlisted into the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Benning, GA. He was also a carpenter and built several houses, including his own. He worked at James River as a millwright for fifteen years until he retired. Ralph loved to golf and work around the house. He was an avid gardener and devoted family man who loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was a member and past Exalted Ruler of the Old Town Elks Club.
Ralph is survived by his loving wife, C. Ann (MacKenzie) LaPlante; five daughters and their husbands: Kristi and Danny Kochis, Margo and Paul Lonko, Brenda and Mike Gardner, Terri and David St. Louis, and Karen and Rick Clukey; grandchildren: Chelsey and Zakary Kochis; Amanda King and her husband Brad; Jessica Lonko; Darin and Logan Gardner; Travis, Lindsay, and Natalie St. Louis; Rachel Clukey; Josh Clukey and his wife Robin; special great-grandson, Nolan King; sisters: Carol Curtis and Gail LaPlante; brother, Ronald LaPlante and his wife Dawn; sisters-in-law, Eleanor and her husband Ken Parent; Nancy Nahra; Jeannette LaPlante; and brother-in-law, Ken MacKenzie.
Ralph was predeceased by his parents; his first wife, Lorraine Dolan; infant grandchild, Sierra St. Louis; twin brother, Robert LaPlante; brothers-in-law Arthur Curtis Sr., and Jim Nahra; mother and father in-law, Jeanette and Bernard MacKenzie; and special friend Jim Swan.
Honoring Ralph's wishes, there will be no formal services. A graveside service will be held Wednesday, July 15, at 2:00 PM at Lawndale Cemetery in Old Town, ME.
The family would like to send a special thanks to the staff at Orono Commons for their care and compassion.
For those who wish to remember Ralph in a special way, donations can be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.