Ralph Sterling Detweiler Sr.
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AGE: 87 • Orange City, FL
Ralph S. Detweiler, Sr., 87, of Orange City, FL, passed away on Monday, January 13th at the Halifax Health Hospice Center in Orange City. He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Theresa (Ryan) Detweiler, his daughter, Joan Sandler and her husband, Mark, his son, Ralph S. Detweiler, Jr., and his daughter, Kathleen O'Donnell; his brother, Elsworth Detweiler. He was predeceased by his parents, Wm. and Marie Detweiler and his siblings, Wm. Detweiler and Doris Wright. He was "Pop" to his six grandchildren, Leeanne Detweiler, Bill Holley (Kelly), Kurt Holley, Lisa Rodriguez (Al), Joseph O'Donnell and Meghan O'Donnell and "Poppy" to 13 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
Ralph was born in Easton, PA but lived most of his life in Mine Hill and Kenvil. He was an electrician who worked at Alan Wood Steel Company in Mine Hill for 20 years and then at Picatinny Arsenal until his retirement. Upon retirement, he and Theresa moved to Florida. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during WWII aboard the USS Duluth. He saw action in the Pacific and was on the USS Duluth when it suffered structural damage after being hit by a typhoon on June 5, 1945. He was one of the original members of American Legion Post #391 in Mine Hill and was awarded Life Membership. He was also a member of VFW Post 2833, Kenvil, NJ; NARFE Wm. Ryan Chapter 0424; 40/8 Voiture 228 Honorary Life Member; 40/8 National Box Car Association.
He will be buried with Military Honors at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ralph's name to Halifax Health-Hospice, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL 32129.
Published in Daily Record on Jan. 19, 2014