Ralph Winfield Sanders

M, (12 March 1912 - 23 May 1994)
Father-Biological*Ross W. Sanders1 b. c 1881
Mother-Biological*Mildred A. Baker1 b. c 1892
Last Edited=14 May 2023
Gravestone of Ralph Sanders and his first wife Louise
     Ralph Winfield Sanders was born on 12 March 1912 at Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.2,3,4,5,6,1,7 He was the son of Ross W. Sanders and Mildred A. Baker.1 Ralph Winfield Sandersappeared on the US Census of 1920 in the household of Ross W. Sanders and Mildred A. Baker at H3 Hempfield Slope, Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.8 Ralph Winfield Sandersappeared on the US Census of 1930 in the household of Ross W. Sanders and Mildred A. Baker at 22 Clover-Dale Street, Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.9

Ralph married first on 16 July 1934, Eleanor Louise Piper, the daughter of Cecil Piper. She was born in 11 February 1914 and died in July 1976.2,1,7,4,10 Ralph registered for the draft giving his age as 28; his address as 430 Chestnut Street, Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania; and his employer as William H. Maxwell on 16 October 1940 at Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.7 He enlisted in the US Army 25 March 1942, and served to 10 October 1945.6,1 He was retired in 1978; as a machinist with the Gould Circuit Breaker Company.1

Ralph Winfield Sanders married Althea Elizabeth Gordon, daughter of Charles Henry Brindle and Phoebe Lavina Green, in 1980.11 Ralph Winfield Sanders died on 23 May 1994 at Edgewood Nursing Center, Unity Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, at age 82.2,4,6,1 Ralph's obituary of 24 May 1994, reads:

Ralph Winfield Sanders

Ralph Winfield Sanders, 82, of Latrobe died Monday, May 23, 1994, In Edgewood Nursing Center, Unity Township.

He was born March 12, 1912, In Bovard, a son of the late Ross and Mildred (Baker) Sanders.

Prior to his retirement in 1978, he was a machinist with the former Gould Circuit Breaker Co. In Southwest Greensburg.

He was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church, Latrobe, and the Crusaders Sunday School Class.

A veteran of World War II, having served In the U.S. Army, he was a member of the Greensburg American Legion and the Southwest Greensburg Volunteer Fire Department.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Louise Piper Sanders, and two brothers, Alfred and William.

He is survived by his wife, Althea E. Brindle Sanders; three stepdaughters, Mrs. Kenneth (Betty) Myers and Mrs. Richard (Joanne) Schandel, both of Derry, and Mrs. Barry (Janet) Moore of Tempe, Ariz; seven step-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Hartman-Grazlano Funeral Home Inc., 1500 Ligonier St, Latrobe.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Richard W. Shields officiating.

Interment will follow in Hillview Cemetery, Greensburg.1

He was buried on 26 May 1994 at Hillview Cemetery, Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.2,1


  1. Latrobe Bulletin, "Ralph Winfleld Sanders" Latrobe, Pennsylvania, 24 May 1994.
  2. Find-a-Grave. Online https://www.findagrave.com/
  3. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Pennsylvania, U.S., Birth Certificates, 1906-1913. Leh, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations, 2015.
  4. Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index (SSDI). Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations, 2011.
  5. Social Security Administration. U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007. Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations, 2015.
  6. Department of Veterans Affairs. U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010. Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations, 2011.
  7. United States, Selective Service System. U.S. World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947. Lehi, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations, 2011.
  8. Census Bureau. 1900 U.S. Federal Census. Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations, 2004.
  9. Census Bureau. 1930 U.S. Federal Census. Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations, 2002.
  10. Latrobe Bulletin, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, 13 July 1934.
  11. Latrobe Bulletin, "Sanders , Althea E." Latrobe, Pennsylvania, 23 February 2006.