Dr. Ralph Louis Lotshaw

Dr. Ralph Louis Lotshaw died July 12, 2013, at Pinehurst, N.C., at the age of 86.

He was born July 20, 1926, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the second son of Elmer Arado and Clara Veronica Schaefer Lotshaw.

Ralph was educated in the Warren County, Ohio Schools. Following high school he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a flight deck plane handler aboard the USS Randolph (CV15) during the second Tokyo raids, and the invasion of Iwo Jima, the Okinawa campaign and the final bombings of the Japanese homeland. Following discharge from the service, Ralph attended The Ohio State University where he received BA, DDS and MS degrees. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta social fraternity, Psi Omega professional fraternity and Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honorary Society. He served as an internship with the United States Public Health Service at the Marine Hospital in Baltimore, Md., an internship and resident in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at University Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, and was in the private practice of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Huntington, W.Va., from 1957 to 1959 and in Parkersburg, W.Va. from 1959 to 1988.

Dr. Lotshaw was a Diplomat of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial surgery, a member of the American Dental Association, the West Virginia Dental Association, the Blennerhassett Dental Society, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the Southeast Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, serving a term as president for the Blennerhassett Dental Society and the West Virginia Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He was a staff member of Camden Clark Memorial Hospital and St Joseph’s Hospital in Parkersburg, W.Va., and at Marietta Memorial and Selby General Hospitals in Marietta, Ohio.

Ralph was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Parkersburg, W.Va., where he served as Ruling Elder, Deacon and Trustee. He was a former member of Parkersburg Rotary Club, a charter member of the Mid Ohio Valley Power Squadron and a former member of the National Ski Patrol, having served as a volunteer patroller at Canaan Valley West Virginia Ski Area for a number of years. His greatest pleasure and pride was his family. He also enjoyed boat building and sailing, tennis, skiing, travel, genealogy, fishing and the company of close friends. In the words of a lifelong friend, Ralph was a visionary, an expert guide over endless ski trails, an enthusiastic instructor in numerous sports, tennis champion, explorer and adventurer and a well-organized vacation planner. He could expound on almost any subject and was the man most likely to win an argument.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Elmer; his half-brother, Raymond; and his sister-in-law, Luella Strotmann Lotshaw. Ralph is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Anna; his daughters, Karen Ann Barnes (Jeff), Pamela Susan Stecki and Sandra Carol Micken (Rob); his son, Richard Ralph (Mary); and grandchildren, Justin and Bryan Barnes, Daniel and Hana Stecki, Amy, Sarah and James Lotshaw and Seray Micken; as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are pending. A memorial service is being planned in Parkersburg, W.Va. at a later date.

Memorial gifts may be made to your favorite charity or FirstHealth Hospice Foundation, 150 Apple Cross Rd., Pinehurst, NC 28374, Brownson Memorial Presbyterian Church, 330 South May Street, Southern Pines, NC 28387, and First Presbyterian Church, 1341 Juliana St., Parkersburg, WV 26101.