MIFFLINTOWN - Ralph Smith Parker, 96, of Mifflintown, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, at Brookline Manor.
Born May 29, 1916, in Reedsville, he was the son of the late Frank McDowell and Mabel Taylor (Smith) Parker. His first wife, Elizabeth Eugenie Koshland Parker, died in December 1971, and he is survived by his second wife, Norma (Walters) Parker, whom he married Nov. 10, 1973.
Also surviving are: one daughter, Virginia P. Stimmel and husband, Joseph R., of Harrisburg; one stepdaughter, Linda Haubert Matusheski and husband, Vincent, of New Cumberland; one stepson, Daniel B. Haubert and wife, Gail, of Port Royal; one sister, Mary Parker Somers, of Port Charlotte, Fla.; five grandchildren, Jason W. Stimmel and wife, Diana, Elena B. Stimmel Germaine and husband, Andrew, Nathan V. Matusheski and wife, Amy, Liza Haubert Balough and husband, Eric, and Olivia M. Haubert; and five great-grandchildren, Anna Stimmel, Luke and Riley Matusheski and Isaac and Ethan Balough.
Ralph Smith Parker
He was also preceded in death by sisters and brothers, Jane Woods, Dr. Andrew J. Parker, Frank M. Parker Jr. and Margaret McMeen.
Ralph was a veteran of the United States Army and served during World War II from 1941 to 1945 in the 52nd Signal Bn, MacArthur's GHQ. He witnessed the signing of the Peace with Japan.
He was the co-owner and station manager for WJUN from 1955 until he retired in 1976.
He was a member, former elder and trustee of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Mifflintown. He was the former director of the Lewistown Chapter of AAA and he volunteered with Meals on Wheels. He was a member of Union Lodge 324 F&AM, Tall Cedars, of Lebanon, Harrisburg Consistory, Zembo Shrine, Mifflintown Rotary, and VFW Post 5863.
He loved to play golf and spend time with his family.
His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, corner of Third and Lemon streets, Mifflintown, with the Rev. Martha Carlson officiating. Interment will be in St. Stephen's Lutheran Cemetery, Licking Creek Valley.
Although there will be no viewing, the family will receive friends from 10 a.m. Thursday, until the time of the services at the church. A Masonic service will be conducted by Union Lodge at the conclusion of the visitation.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 324 S Logan Blvd, Burnham, PA 17009.
Guss Funeral Home, Inc., 20 S. Third St., Mifflintown has care of the arrangements and condolences may be left at www.gussfh.com.