He was born in Metamora. He was preceded in death by his lovely wife, Diane Buchinger-Andress. They were married for 49 years.
He and his wife were the owners and operators of Southern Sweets Candy Store in Edgewater and New Smyrna, FL. They also owned the Silver Lake Country Market in Perry, NY.
Ralph was a loving husband and father that enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was friendly and outgoing with everyone he met. His purpose in life was to help as many people as he could.
He is survived by his children, Doug and Cheryl Andress; his grandchildren, Josh and Jessica Andress, Heather Hall and Tara Hives; great-grandchildren, Evyn, Mikah, Jack, Emily and Amelia; siblings, Muriel Ostrom, Terry (Connie) Meier, Jerry (Thelma) Meier, Bonnie (Howard) Jones. He is survived also by many nieces and nephews, whom he loved dearly.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Dawn Baxter Andress; stepfather, Arthur Meier; sisters, Ruth Shaver and Rosemary Meier; and brothers-in-law, Glenn Ostrom, Guy Buchinger Jr. and Robert Shaver.
A memorial service will be held April 8th at 4 p.m. at 431 N. Myrtle Ave., New Smyrna Beach, FL. Minerva Center.