Ralph was born in Belfast, Maine. He lived in Belfast until 1968 when he left for college, attending for one year Bob Jones University and two years Northern Maine Technical School in Presque Isle studying drafting. He worked for 2 years as a draftsman for Bancroft and Martin in South Portland, then moved to Pennsylvania where he worked as a field engineer on the construction site for a nuclear power plant. He returned to Maine in 1985 where he was self-employed as a carpenter for a couple years then went to work for a roof and floor truss manufacturer as a truss designer. Ralph retired in 2010 and has finally found a vocation that suits him.
Ralph married his wife Anne in 1974. When they are not camping or cruising, they reside in Palermo, Maine.