Ralph was born on April 6, 1930 to Anton and Agnes (Knapp) Hondl in Albany. He was raised alongside eleven siblings on the family farm. Ralph entered the US Army in 1955 and proudly served his country in Europe. Upon returning in 1957, he resumed working with his family on the farm. Ralph and Tony handled the dairy cows and George handled the pigs. Family was very important to him and he enjoyed having his nieces and nephews visit. Ralph loved to go fishing and playing cards. He lived on the farm until his death. Ralph was a member of the Seven Dolors Church.

Ralph is survived by his brothers; Carl Hondl, St. Cloud; Roman (Connie) Hondl, Edina; many nieces and nephews; his sisters-in-law Delrose Hondl, Shirley Hondl, and Mary Hondl; his brother-in-law Thomas Dattilo; and many more family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents Anton and Agnes, his brothers George, Anthony, John, Anselm, Mathias, and Mathew, his sisters Ann Maslow, Mary Hondl, and Agnes Dattilo, his sisters-in-law Lorraine Hondl and Lucille Hondl.