Ralph Blackwell Jr., 69, of Centermoreland passed away Tuesday morning, Dec. 25, 2012, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
Born March 8, 1943, he was the son of the late Ralph Blackwell Sr. and Agnes Smith Blackwell. He was a graduate of Tunkhannock Area High School, Class of 1961, an avid trumpet player and president of the high school marching band. After high school, he attended Penn State University
and Wilkes University.
Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Procter & Gamble for 32 years and after retiring he was also employed part-time by Little Flower Manor and St. Therese Residence of Wilkes-Barre.
At one time, Mr. Blackwell was one of the largest grain and tomato farmers in the area.
Surviving are his children, Sarah Blackwell, Centermoreland; Ralph Blackwell III, Scranton; Kelly Blackwell, Maryland; and Lisa Blackwell, Maryland.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Nulton-Kopcza Funeral Home, 5749 state Route 309 (Beaumont), Monroe Township, with Pastor Nanci L. Lycett of Centermoreland United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in Marsh Cemetery, Centermoreland.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.