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Ralph E. Strayer, 93, passed away at York Hospital on Sunday, July 22, 2012.
He was the husband of Loretta (Hildebrand) Strayer, who passed away November 11, 1999.
Born December 5, 1918, in Winterstown, he was the son of the late James W. and Mary (Grove) Strayer.
A service to celebrate the life of Mr. Strayer will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 109 E. Main St., Dallastown, with the Rev. Roger Mentzer officiating.
Viewings will be held on Wednesday from 6 until 8 p.m. and again on Thursday from 9 until 10 a.m. at church. Burial will be in Dallastown Union Cemetery with full military honors provided by American Legion Post #605 Honor Guard.
The Austin H. Eberly Funeral Home, Inc., 104 W. Main St., Dallastown, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Mr. Strayer is survived by a son, Lynus D. Strayer and his wife, Oma of Dallastown, their children, a granddaughter, Colleen Strayer and her companion, Jon Sinclair, a granddaughter, Sherry Arnold and her husband, Chad, a great-granddaughter, Mackenzie Arnold; a son, Randall Colin STRAYER of Dallastown; a daughter, Kimberly Zarfoss and her husband, Luther of Dallastown; a son, Korlan Strayer and his wife, Mary Anna Wagman of Red Lion, their children, a grandson Jason Strayer and his wife Jennifer, great-granddaughters, Madison and Haley Strayer, a great-grandson, Corey Strayer, a grandson, Levi and his wife Jordan, a great-granddaughter, Seatle Strayer; a son Adrian Strayer and his wife, Linda of Dover, their child, a step-granddaughter, Melissa Decher of Dover; a son, Stacey Strayer of Port Republic, Maryland, his children, two granddaughters, Jennifer and Jessica Strayer; and a brother Bruce Strayer of Dallastown.
He was predeceased by eight brothers and five sisters.
Mr. Strayer was a 1936 graduate of Dallastown High School.
He is a United States Army veteran, having served in the Philippine Islands during World War II.
Mr. Strayer worked for American Chain and Cable Company for 19 years and as a Postal Carrier for the Dallastown Post Office for 36 years until his retirement in 1984.
Mr. Strayer was a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church for over 82 years where he was a member of the Sunday School Orchestra.
He was a member of Rescue Fire Company of Dallastown, where he served as Assistant Chief for 25 years.
Mr. Strayer was also a member of Dallastown American Legion Post #605 where he played in the band, Dallastown Rod & Gun Club, Springfield Sportsman Club and the Dallastown Rescue Mission.
He was an avid musician who in addition to the church and legion, he was a member of the Dallastown Boys Band, Yoe Band and Red Lion-Felton Band.
He loved hunting and fishing as well as baseball and other sports.
Mr. Strayer's family has suggested that in lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory be made to either: Rescue Fire Company, P.O. Box 130, Dallastown, PA 17313; or Spring Garden Band, P.O. Box 7208, York, PA 17404; Or Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 109 E. Main St., Dallastown, Pa 17313.
To share memories and view a video tribute of Ralph E. Strayer, please visit www.eberlyfuneralhome.com
Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on July 24, 2012.
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