Ralph attended that mega SOE in Hilo, Hawaii under the leadership of Loren and Darlene Cunningham, Paul Hawkins, Warren and Gayle Keapproth. His son Jeremy was born during that SOE making him the first baby born in Ywam, Hawaii. Ralph and his wife Yolanda first came as staff in March 31, 1974, did a summer of service outreach to the Big Island. They were working with Dr. Howard Malmstadt, Dr. Merton and Zella Mary Osborne on a curriculum writing project for International Christian Schools in Pomona, Calif. in 1975 when Ralph was diagnosed with acute leukemia.
Ralph was nine days shy of his 27th birthday when he died on March 26, 1976.