Ralph S. Detweiler Sr.

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    - Leeanne Detweiler
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    - Sean Donahue
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    - Karen Hulmes
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  • "He certainly was a very nice and good man.Bill Z. Dover"
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Ralph S. Detweiler, Sr. , 87, of Orange City, FL, passed away on Monday, January 13th at the Halifax Health Hospice Center in Orange City. His lifetime is one to be rejoiced and cherished by the many people who loved him. 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. He was "Pop" to his six grandchildren, Leeanne Detweiler, Bill Holley (Kelly), Kurt Holley, Lisa Rodriguez (Al), Joseph O'Donnell and Meghan O'Donnell. He was "Poppy" to 13 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by his parents, William and Marie Detweiler, and his siblings, William Detweiler and Doris Wright. Ralph was born in Easton, PA but lived most of his life in Mine Hill, NJ and Kenvil, NJ. He attended Mine Hill Grammar School and Dover HS. He was an electrician who worked at Alan Wood Steel Company in Mine Hill for 20 years and then for the U.S. Government at Picatinny Arsenal in Morris County, NJ. until his retirement at age 60. Upon retirement, he and Theresa moved to Palm Harbor, FL and then relocated to Orange City, FL in 2007 to be closer to family. He very proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the USS Duluth, light cruiser. 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 played a very active role in the Mine Hill American Legion Post 391 and was one of the original members. He was a member for 68 years and was awarded Life Membership. He and several other members built the post from the ground up (even constructed the actual building). He was very proud of what they accomplished. 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. While he was an electrician by trade, Ralph could fix and build just about anything. He and his Dad built four homes, including the home where he and Theresa raised their children. He was to the "go to" guy for everyone who knew him. He was a hard-working, caring man who enjoyed life to the fullest. He put the needs of his family above all else and is leaving a void that cannot be filled. There will a private Celebration of Life service for Ralph on Sunday, January 19th and interment will follow at a later date at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL with military honors. 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 Daytona Beach News-Journal on Jan. 16, 2014
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