Ralph Dow

Ralph Nelson Dow

Friday, April 21st, 1939 - Thursday, April 25th, 2019
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Ralph Nelson Dow passed away at Saratoga Hospital on Thursday, April 25, 2019, surrounded by his loving family, after a courageous battle with kidney disease.

Ralph was born on April 21, 1939 in Lake Luzerne, NY and was the son of the late Nelson and Celestia (Hall) Dow.

Ralph married the love his life, Bonita Wood, on September 13, 1964, in the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Glens Falls, NY. They spent 54 wonderful and loving years together.

Ralph worked as a payloader and bulldozer operator for the former Finch Pruyn Paper Company in Glens Falls, NY. He retired in 2001 after 27 years of faithful service to the company.

Most important to Ralph were his immediate and extended family. He enjoyed spending time with them and for many years would go on family camping trips. He was an avid fan of the NY Yankees and NY Giants, and fond of listening to country music.

In addition to his parents, Ralph was predeceased by his in-laws Raymond and Irene Wood; his brothers in law, Robert Stevens Sr., John Casey, Del Corliss, and Ronald Hayes, Sr.; and a sister in law, Beverly Hayes.

Ralph is survived by his wife of 54 years, Bonita L. (Wood) Dow; two sons, Michael Dow and Gregg Dow; his four sisters, Beverly Stevens, Marjorie (and Ray) Ware, Virginia Casey, and Melonie (and Russ) Doyle; his brothers, Douglas (and Diane) Dow, Gerald (and Eve) Dow, and John Dow; his grandchildren, Cody Dow, Rebecca Dow, and Kaitlyn Dow; as well as two great grandsons, a great-granddaughter, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call on the family Monday, April 29, 2019 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home, 136 Main St., South Gens Falls, NY 12803. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Reverend Paul Dufford, pastor of the Fortsville United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will take place immediately after the funeral service in the Gansevoort Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the medical staff on Floor D1 at Saratoga Hospital for the care and compassion shown to Ralph during his illness.

Donations in Ralph’s memory may be made to the Gansevoort Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 172, Gansevoort, NY 12831 or Moreau Emergency Squad, 1583 Route 9, Moreau, NY 12828.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, April 29th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Monday, April 29th, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home - SGF
    136 Main Street
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  • Service

    Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 11:00am
    M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home - SGF
    136 Main Street
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Paul Dufford


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M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home Staff

Posted at 11:42am
As the first anniversary of Ralph's passing approaches, please know we keep him, his family & friends in our thoughts and prayers. May the memories you share bring you peace


Posted at 10:10am
Sincere condolences to the family. When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure in your heart and it lives forever. May the wonderful treasures fill your hearts with love and bring you peace. Hosea 13:14. To find out more regarding the hope for the dead visit and search "death".

cady family

Posted at 07:41pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you . love the cady family.
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