Ralph T. Young

February 23, 1931 ‒ April 12, 2019

Delaware, Ohio

Ralph T. Young, age 88, long time educator and athletic administrator of Delaware passed away Friday, April 12, 2019.

He was born in Newark, Ohio to the late Ralph E. and Mary (Waldren) Young.  A graduate of Granville High School in 1950, he entered the US Marine Corp in 1951, serving during the Korean Conflict.

Returning home, he attended Baldwin Wallace College, participating in Varsity Football and Track and Field while earning a bachelor’s degree in education.  While at Baldwin Wallace he met his future bride Nancy (Ortmann), whom he married in 1955 and together they shared 63 wonderful years caring for each other’s needs and raising their family. He later furthered his education earning a Master’s Degree from Kent State University.

Ralph first served the Strongsville School System as a teacher and football coach for 12 years, he went on to serve the  Upper Sandusky School System as assistant principal and head football coach also for 12 years,  and then served the Delaware City Schools system as their athletic administrator for 10 years. He then served as a supervisor with the Delaware County Educational Service Center and JVS retiring in 1999.

He served as Ohio Capital Conference (OCC) athletic administrator, tournament director, and official for many years, with the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (OHIAAA), and for 24 years as treasurer for the Central Athletic Board for the OHSC retiring in 2012.

Ralph’s life centered on his faith, family, and serving the athletic and educational needs of his community and Ohio. He treasured time spent working on causes for the Ohio High School Athletic Association and served as the Central District Athletic Board Treasure for 12 years.

Due to that dedication he was inducted into 10 different Halls of Fame including the OCC Hall of Fame in 1997, the Officials Hall of Fame, Athletic Directors Hall of Fame, and Delaware Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006. In 1998 he received the OIAAA Award of Merit.

Detailed in every way, Ralph always played by the rules, he played by the book, earning with a smile the nick name “Rules and Regulation Ralph”.

While in Upper Sandusky he was a member of the John Stewart United Methodist Church, moving to Delaware in 1981 he became an active member of the William St. United Methodist Church, where he also served as a lay speaker and usher.  Ralph was also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Upper Sandusky Huddle, and the Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors.

In his little spare time, he enjoyed gardening, especially growing tomatoes and strawberry’s.

Perhaps Ralph summed it up best; he was happiest officiating a ball game, track and field, or cross-country event, serving kids and with fellow officials.

In addition to his beloved wife Nancy, he is also survived by sons: Ralph D. Young  of Bellevue, WA, daughter-in-law Patty Young of Renton, WA, Russell (Liz) Young of Sylvania, grandchildren: Ryan (Natalie), Ethan, Raegan, Marc and Samantha, sister  Edith (Dick) Davis of Fairfield, brothers Eldon (Linda) Young of Belpre, Dr. Rev. Wayne Young of Wheelersburg, and a host of athletes, students, coaches, referees, directors, and administrators.

Services celebrating the life of Ralph Young will be held Thursday April 18th at 2:00 PM       at the William St. United Methodist Church, 28 W. William St., Delaware, Ohio 43015 with military honors provided by the Delaware County Veterans Association and Pastor Julie Carmean officiating.  A memorial gathering will be held after the services from 3:00-4:00.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Ralph & Nancy Young Scholarship Fund, c/o:  OIAAA Randy King, 1808 County Rd. 1, Bellefontaine, OH  43311

Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • Ralph Young was the epitome of everything that is good in athletics and eduction. He was a friend, a mentor, my AD at Hayes, one of my dad’s best friends, and just a man among men. He always steered you straight, held you accountable, and had your back as a coach. The best of the best. All the better for having known him, I am still aware the huge loss to our society in his absence.

    There is a generation of incredible men and women slowly leaving us…men and women beyond reproach, true to their word, honorable in all things. Ralph is one of those men.

    I cannot say enough. I will miss you, Ralph. Love to Nancy and the boys, the grandkids, and everyone associated with this amazing gentleman. God speed, Ralph! I will see you there! (If they don’t have track meets in Heaven yet, they will now!)

  • On behalf of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, we share condolences to Nancy and family. Ralph was a lifetime member of NIAAA and a familiar face at the National Athletic Directors Conference for so many years. What a strong man of integrity, faith and servant leadership. He positively impacted the lives of family, students, staff, colleagues and all whom he had the opportunity to influence. My the entire Young family experience God’s special peace and a lifetime of memories.

  • To Ralph D.,
    Accept my deepest condolences. Losing your father and mentor is painful at any time. Just cherish your memories of him at all the ages and stages of your life. Look back and smile bro. Celebrate his life with family.

  • People such as you never die because they are always in our fondest memories. So, thanks for being there for getting me involved in various track meets! Earthly presence need not be a requirement for remembering the good you’ve done!

  • We are sorry to hear of the loss of one our great BW Family members. We pray for God to comfort his family during this very difficult time. God’s blessings to the family!
    John P. Snell
    Former BW Football Coach
    Assistant Director of Athletics

  • BW is saddened to learn of the loss of Ralph Young. His impact and influence on many through his involvement in education and athletics will live on forever. We express our deepest sympathy to the entire family. Once a Yellow Jacket, Always a Yellow Jacket!

    Kris A. Diaz
    Director of Athletics
    Baldwin Wallace University

  • Ralph was a customer, example and friend. Kind, cheerful, gracious and first class. Ralph made a difference. Rest in Peace, and God’s peace to Nancy and the family.

    Warmest regards,

    Joe Nelson

  • I am deeply saddened to hear of Mr. Youngs passing. He was a neighbor of mine and worked with my Grandpa Dean McCutchen. His wife Nancy was my kindergarten teacher. Always admired the Young family. Please know.my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Nancy
    My deepest sympathy to you and your family at this time of loss. I remember with fondness the years I worked for Ralph as his secretary. He was always dedicated to do the best for the athletic department as well as the students. He set a standard for all to aspire to.

  • Fond memories of Ralph. Thinking of Nancy and family. He lived a great life !! Will be remembered by many!!🙏

  • It was my junior year at Upper Sandusky when Coach Young started the cross-country program. I used the program to get in shape for basketball. There are just a few people in anyone’s young life that usually has a lasting impression and Coach Young was one of those individuals. I tried to make a point of looking him up when I attended the boys basketball tournaments at the Fairgrounds Colosseum. Rest in peace Coach.

  • A true gentleman. A role model anyone could look up to. Rest in peace, coach. I’m privileged to have known you.

  • Though I called him Coach Ralph, I actually thought I learned to know him through the “Fellowship of Christian Athletes”. This small organization within our High School may not have meant much to many, but it was truly a source of substance for me. Ralph seemed to understand that we are ‘temporarily’ here on Earth. I didn’t understand it at the time. However, in this ripe old age… I get it. Thank you, Ralph… for helping Sophomoric students find their way.

  • Ralph,
    So very sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. My condolences to you and your family.
    He was a great man, from the greatest generation. It’s amazing what he accomplished during his life and the many lives he impacted.
    Be proud and take comfort in the many wonderful memories.

    Your friend,

    Bob Wujek
    VTL – “Stinger!”

  • It was my privilege and pleasure to be working for many years in the Delaware City Schools while Ralph was there. He was always committed, and such a gentleman.
    My heartfelt condolences to Nancy and the family.

  • Mr. Young was a great teacher, coach, role model, and friend. he will always be
    remembered and missed by all of us whose lives he impacted.

    My deepest condolences to Mrs. Young and his entire family.

    Dennis Chotkevys

  • Mr. Young was a great teacher, coach, role model, and friend. he will always be
    remembered by all of us whose lives he impacted.

    My deepest condolences to Mrs. Young and his entire family.

    Dennis Chotkevys

  • Mr. Young was my drivers ed teacher at Upper Sandusky High School. I did not know him well, but he was a great example of someone who was in great shape. We used to joke that if he got bored riding in the drivers ed car, he would probably run along side of the car we were driving!
    Condolences to classmate Ralph and the rest of the Young family.

  • Nancy – As a friend who was also born in Newark, I’ve known Ralph for over 70 years. He was one of the best friends you would ever want to know and work with in sports. We worked together at OHSAA Track and Field State Meets and Basketball Tournaments. Ralph was well known all over the state, and I always enjoyed each year at the State Basketball Tournament visiting with you and Ralph.

    Ralph was Mr. Everything to everybody. I’m sorry that I missed his memorial service having just learned of his passing from a fellow track official.