Ralph C. Matter, a retired bank vice president, died Sept. 2 in the New York State Veterans Home in Batavia after a brief illness. He was 88.
Born in Pittsburgh, Mr. Matter was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific as a signalman first class aboard USS ATR-31 of the 7th Fleet.
He and his wife moved to this area in 1947 and settled in Alden.
Mr. Matter worked from 1950 to 1957 at Alden State Bank, then from 1957 to 1985 at the Depew branch of Marine Midland Bank, from which he retired as vice president and manager.
Mr. Matter was a founding member and past president of the Alden Chamber of Commerce and Depew/Lancaster Lions Club. He was a former member of the Depew Chamber of Commerce, Depew/Lancaster Red Cross and Lancaster Elks Club. He also was a former member of the Alden School Board.
He enjoyed golfing and was a former member of Lancaster Country Club.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, the former Jeanne Ziegler; two daughters, Barbara Woodard and Deborah Kern; and a sister, Virginia Fritzius.
A memorial service will be scheduled.