McALISTERVILLE - Ralph E. Rickenbaugh, 87, of McAlisterville, went to his heavenly home at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at Brookline Manor, Mifflintown.
Born on April 9, 1927, in Fermanagh Township, Juniata County, he was a son of the late Raymond and Hazel (Kinzer) Rickenbaugh. On Dec. 11, 1945, he married his high school sweetheart, Geraldine (Arbogast) Rickenbaugh, with whom he shared more than 68 years of marriage.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by: his children, Rosemary Jones and her husband, Roger, Joel Rickenbaugh and his wife, Joyce (Long), and Timothy Rickenbaugh and his wife, Vonnie (Kratzer), all of McAlisterville; a sister Shirley Weller, of McAlisterville; seven grandchildren, Kasi Coder, Toby Jones, Josh Rickenbaugh, Jill Neimond, Wesley Rickenbaugh, Billie Haines, and Bobbi Jo Leister, all of McAlisterville.
By being blessed with nine great-grandsons and a step-great-granddaughter Ralph finally got his own baseball team and a cheerleader.
He was preceded in death by: a brother, Paul Rickenbaugh; a sister, Alma Zimmerman; two brothers-in-law, Calvin "Caddy" Zimmerman and A. Jack Weller; and a nephew, Robert "Bob" Zimmerman.
Mr. Rickenbaugh was a lifelong member of the Pine Grove United Methodist Church, Oakland Mills, where he served in many capacities, and he served on the Advisory Board of the Juniata Valley Bank, McAlisterville.
During World War II he proudly served his country with the U.S. Army.
Ralph was founder and president of Rickenbaugh Building Supply. He, along with his father and two sons, were blessed with the business skills that brought Rickenbaugh Building Supply to our community.
Ralph enjoyed working in the family business until his retirement in October 2013.
He was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was an avid outdoorsman, spending every year pursuing his love of hunting the whitetail deer in Pennsylvania and Montana with much success. Praise God! He was a passionate Philadelphia Phillies fan who also enjoyed attending his grandchildren and great-grandchildren's sporting events.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 14, 2014, at the Pine Grove United Methodist Church, Oakland Mills, with the Rev. Terry Smith and the Rev. Edward D'Agostino officiating. After the service, interment will take place in the Hillside Cemetery, McAlisterville.
There will be no public viewing, but family will receive friends from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Monday, at the church.
Brown Funeral Homes Inc., 111 Westfall St., McAlisterville, has been entrusted with the arrangements.
The family will provide all funeral flowers and kindly ask that donations in Ralph's memory be made to the Pine Grove United Methodist Church, 4633 Cuba Mills Road, Mifflintown, PA 17059.
For online tributes and condolences please visit www.brownfuneralhomesinc.com.