Middlefield - Ralph Miller Lawrence died on March 12, 2019 peacefully at Blossom Hill in Huntsburg, Ohio at the age of 89. He was born December 2, 1929 at home in West Farmington, Ohio to Cyntha (Northway) Lawrence and Leland Thomas Lawrence. He grew up during the depression and worked hard putting himself through school at Kent State and then through The Ohio State University School of Pharmacy. After graduating he served his country in the 4th Medical Bn., 4th Division, as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army , stationed in Germany in 1954 & 1955. He married his loving wife Donna Lee McCarten, of Lancaster, Ohio, on October 11, 1953. In 1956 he bought David Chase’s pharmacy in Orwell and owned Lawrence Pharmacy and served Orwell for 40 years. He belonged to the Orwell United Methodist Church and was a life member of the American Legion. He enjoyed bowling, golfing, snow skiing, dancing, playing cards and watching local and Cleveland sport teams. He loved his family, The Ohio State University Buckeyes, traveling with Donna and ice cream. His children include Ken (Cheryl) Lawrence of Huntsburg, Lisa (Dennis) Gregory of Powell, Ohio, and Greg Lawrence, who preceded him in death in 1995. Grandchildren include Sara Kathryn Lawrence of Columbus, OH, Jonathan Northway (Alyssa) Lawrence of Howard, OH, Richard Lawrence Gregory of Powell, OH and great granddaughter Evangeline Sylvia Lawrence (Evie). Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings Howard Lawrence, Marion Ihlenfeld, and Ruth Hindman, and his son Gregory Ralph Lawrence.
Visitation will be held at the Orwell United Methodist Church, 80 S. Maple Street, Orwell, 44076 on Thursday, March 14, 2019, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The funeral service officiated by Pastor Jack Childers will take place at church on Friday, March 15, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Orwell North Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Orwell United Methodist Church and The Orwell American Legion. Envelopes will be available at the church.
Flowers Deliveries - Please deliver flowers directly to the church. The church will be open at 1 p,m. on Thursday.