Ralph Douglas Lavender, 83, of Syracuse

Ralph Douglas Lavender, 83, of Syracuse

Ralph Douglas Lavender, 83, of Syracuse, Ohio passed away on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at his residence. He was born on July 8, 1938 in Hartford, WV to the late Estel Howard and Clara (Birchfield) Lavender. 

Ralph served our country in the United States Army in the 101st Airborne Paratroopers, he was a member of the Syracuse Fire Department and a member of the New Hope Nazarene Church and Syracuse Mission. 

Ralph is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jan Lavender; children, Becki (David) Mayse, Doug (Theresa) Lavender; grandchildren, Dylan and Braden Matson and Lauren and Colton Lavender; sisters, Linda Parsons and Mary Pickens; special friend, Clifford Zent and several nieces and nephews. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters, Marie Rizer, Liz Rice, Tom Lavender, Jim Lavender, Larry Lavender; grandsons, Stuart Douglas Matson and Jaden Marshall Matson.

Funeral service will be held on Monday, July 26, 2021 at 1 p.m. at the Anderson McDaniel Funeral Home in Pomeroy with Rev. Ray LaSalle officiating.  Burial will follow in the Meigs Memory Gardens.  Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 25, 2021 from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.