Ralph (Tom) Hassinger Jr

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Ralph (Tom) Hassinger Jr. February 18, 1929 February 11, 2014 Ralph "Tom" Hassing- er, Jr., 84, of Houtzdale, died Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at Mount Nittany Medical Center, State College. Born February 18, 1929, in Bellefonte, he was the son of the late Ralph Thomas and Nancy Johnson Hassinger, Sr. On February 5, 1994, in Daytona Beach, Fla., he married the former Eleanor Martin Yarger who survives. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Brian Hassinger, of State College; four step-daughters, Joy Henry, of Houtzdale, Cathy Murarik and her husband, Joe, of Houtzdale, Kim Horgas and her husband, Bill, of State College and Traci Shimmel and her husband, Kevin, of State College; two brothers, Harry Hassinger and his wife, Lowella, of Boalsburg and Richard "Dick" Hassinger and his wife, Margaret, of Ebensburg; one sister, Ann Stearns, of State College; one granddaughter, Sara Hassinger; seven step-grandchildren; and eight step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Thelma J. Hassinger; one brother, Philip Hassinger; and one sister, Betty Eskew. Tom was a 1947 graduate of State College High School. He served in the United States Air Force from December 1, 1951 until November 30, 1953 during the Korean Conflict. He was a Corrections Officer at Rockview, retiring after 35 years. Tom was a Protestant by faith. He attended an outdoor Christian Church in Daytona Beach, Fla. He loved his dogs, Ruby and Rosie, and enjoyed camping at Prince Gallitzin State Park. Visitation will be 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., on Friday, February 14, 2014, at Koch Funeral Home, 2401 S. Atherton Street, State College. Funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with the Pastor Don Smith officiating. Burial will be in Centre County Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the care of Koch Funeral Home, State College. Online condolences and signing of the guest book may be entered at www.kochfuneralhome.com.

Published in Centre Daily Times on Feb. 13, 2014
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