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Ralph L. Stahlnecker Jr., 88, of Strawbridge Road, Lewisburg, passed away on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, at the farm he and his wife purchased in 1959.
He was born June 20, 1928, a son of the late Ralph L. and Anna (Balliet) Stahlnecker. In 1953, a fair-haired maiden driving a Pontiac caught his eye and a short while later, captured his heart. On Feb. 19, 1955, he married Florence M. Snyder. They celebrated 58 years of marriage before her passing in August of 2013.

Ralph began his schooling in a one room schoolhouse right down the lane from his home. This made it convenient for him to slip out of class under the pretense of needing to use the outhouse and run home on the day his family got their first radio. Despite that, he graduated from Watsontown High School in 1946. He was a veteran of the Korean War rising through the ranks to Master Sergeant.
Ralph was a farmer and truck driver his entire life. Although not wealthy in worldly possessions, he lived a very rich life, often sharing that he never had a job he didn't like. After retiring from farming in 1998, he continued to drive truck until his health forced his retirement in February of 2015.
Ralph was a life-long member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Watsontown and belonged to many farming organizations.
He was an avid storyteller, drawing on his many adventures behind the wheel to keep people entertained.

He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas R. and Beckie Stahlnecker, of Selinsgrove and Kenneth E. and Jill Stahlnecker, of Bethel, Alaska; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Debra J. and Jeffry Engle, of Millmont, Carla A. and Jace Watson, of Mifflinburg, and Kathy L. Stahlnecker, of Espyville; five grandchildren, Kirstie A. Stahlnecker, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Connor R. Stahlnecker, of Gunnison, Colo., Tyrus J. and Melissa Watson, of Tucson, Ariz., and Halley G. and Joely S. Watson. of Mifflinburg; one stepgrandson, J.J. and Kara Anthony, of Pittston; and one stepgreat-granddaughter, Ella D. Anthony.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his sister, Beverly A. Weigold, and his brother, Robert C. Stahlnecker.

Friends are invited to call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 5, at Brooks Funeral Home, 124 Main St., Watsontown, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, March 6, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 6590 Musser Lane, Watsontown, followed by the funeral at 11, with the Rev. Faron Johnson officiating.
Burial will follow in Delaware Run Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Ralph's memory be made to the Hospice of Evangelical, One Hospital Drive, Lewisburg, PA 17837, or to a charity of your choice.
Published on February 28, 2017
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