Ralph J. Valen, age 81, passed away peacefully on November 19, 2020 at Saratoga Hospital.
He was born on October 5, 1939 in Brooklyn, NY. Ralph was the son of the late John P. Valen and Bernice Gogis Valen.
Ralph was employed as a sales and marketing manager for NER Data Products in Manhattan and Ridgefield, CT. Before retiring to Saratoga Springs. He also proudly served his country in the US Navy from 1959 to 1961. Ralph enjoyed going to the Saratoga Racetrack to watch horse racing. He also loved debating politics and was an avid reader.
Ralph is survived by his loving wife Janet Planch Valen of 52 years; sons: Michael Valen (Meghan Digregory) and Jon Valen; brother: Peter Valen; brothers in-law: Charles Planch and Kenneth Planch (Amy); sister in-law: Charlene Rakstis; he is also survived by nieces and nephews, in particular his loving niece Andrea Valen (John Rogers).
Ralph was preceded in death by his sister, Carolyn Campbell.
A graveside service with military honors will be held at 2:30 pm on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville, NY 12871. Due to the ongoing public health concerns of COVID-19 social distancing as well as mandatory wearing of a face mask is required. We thank you for your patience as we work to safeguard the wellness of our staff and every guest.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ralph’s name to Saratoga Salvation Army, 27 Woodlawn Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
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