Ralph Riner, Jr., 71, of Bacova, Virginia passed away on Saturday, May 05, 2018 at The Springs Nursing Center.

He was born October 29, 1946 in Charleston, West Virginia, the son of the late Ralph “Jack” Riner, Sr. and Thelma Ellen Hannah Riner.

Ralph was a self-employed auto mechanic, a Bath County Animal Control Officer, worked at the VEPCO Project, and ran Riner’s Lawn Service.  He was a versatile entrepreneur.

Ralph was a life member of the NRA, the Shriners, the Valley Springs Masonic Lodge No. 265, honorary member of the Millboro Masonic Lodge No. 28, a former District Deputy Grand Master for the 23rd District of Free Masons, the Virginia Trappers Association, and the BCB Club.

Being in the mountains and woods of Bath County was his life.  He was a keen and enthusiastic outdoorsman and loved to be in the elements.  His favorite hobbies were trapping, fishing, and hunting.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Patricia “Patti” Gayle Newbauer Riner of Bacova, VA; children, Laurie Ann Riner of Pilot, VA, James “Freddie” Michael Frederick Riner and wife Raegan of Lexington Park, Maryland, Autumn Lynn Riner Crosby of Harrisonburg, VA, Jason Nicholas Riner and wife Hollie of Norfolk, VA; 8 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; and a sister, Mary Lynn Riner of Warm Springs.

To honor his life, family and friends are invited to gather at 5:00pm, at McLaughlin & Young Funeral Home on Thursday, May 17, 2018, with a memorial service to follow at 6:00pm.

Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers in Ralph’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.




  1. Beautiful photo of Ralphie, such a precious soul. I had no idea how versatile and talented he was. Heaven gained a marvelous angel. Patti, I’m thinking of you and praying for your family.

    • Lisa and Don – Thank you so much for your kind words. I am truly lucky to have known and loved him too.

  2. To the family of Ralph Riner, sending our deepest sympathy at this difficult time.

    • Thank you SO MUCH! We appreciate your condolences. The Riner Family.

  3. You were loved by everyone you called friend! You were an awesome father/husband & friend. I will never forget the laughter and good advice you gave me. May you Rest In Peace ❤️ Victoria

    • Victoria….awwww, how sweet. Yes…we were all lucky to have known such a kind and wonderful person…He is now at peace. Thank you, Victoria.

  4. Deepest sympathy and prayers for the family…

    • Columbus…..we all will miss this kind soul. Thanks for reaching out. The Riner Family.

  5. “Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower; we will grieve not, but rather find strength in what remains behind . . .”
    Susan & Trapper

    • Wayne and Susan….again, thank you both for all of your love and support during our difficult times. Love, Patti

  6. We are so sorry for your loss. We are praying for everyone that was touched by Ralph! We are honored to have him as our friend!

    Outlaws Rod & Custom

    • Asa….thank you so much for your condolences. Yes…we will miss him, but we too, were honored to have him in our live. Thank you for taking such good care of Jason. Love, Patti Riner

  7. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and many friends of Ralph. He was a great friend to me and many others and always had a good hunting story to tell. He will be missed by so many. Rest in Peace my friend.


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