Ralph Alfred Carlson, 89, of Prospect, passed away peacefully the morning of Jan. 11, 2019, after a brief illness.

He was born in New Britain, Conn., on June 18, 1929, to Raymond and Jenny (Seledyn) Carlson. He attended schools in Southington, Conn. and joined the Navy in 1948, serving on an aircraft carrier during the Korean War.

Upon returning from the service in 1952, he worked in his father’s business as a roofer and steeplejack. He later married Shirley (Greenlaw) Johndro and moved to Searsport, where he worked as a master plumber for several years.

He leaves Shirley, his wife of 45 years; his daughter Penny Stakey and husband Jim of Southington Conn.; sisters Dorothy Pelto of Kensington, Conn., and Shirley Cogle of Cheshire, Conn.; and brother, Terry, of Northport, Fla. He also leaves his step-children Michael Johndro and wife Paula of Poland, Selina Wynne of Morrill, Kevin Johndro of Knox, and Barry Johndro and wife Laurie of Westminster, Mass., as well as 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, son Brian E. Carlson and sister Marilyn Francis.

Arrangements are under the care of Riposta Funeral Home. There will be no calling hours or services; however, a memorial gathering may be planned for a later date.