Obituary Notice: Wilferd Gene Ralston Sr.

Obituary Notice: Wilferd Gene Ralston Sr. (Provided photo)

Obituary Notice: Wilferd Gene Ralston Sr. (Provided photo)

Wilferd Gene Ralston Sr., 78, of Myrtle Beach, SC and formerly of Parsonville, Houtzdale, died Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 at the Conway Medical Center in Myrtle Beach.

Born Oct. 4, 1937 in Parsonville, he was a son of the late Robert Guy and Dorothy (Stone) Ralston.

He had been a member of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Osceola Mills and currently the Beach Church in Myrtle Beach.

He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge No. 1959, Myrtle Beach. He enjoyed watching NASCAR racing.

Mr. Ralston had worked as a mechanic for IBM in Dayton, NJ and later in Gainesville, Va., from which he retired.

He married the former Betsy Joan Foreman on May 26, 1956 at the Parsonville Assembly of God. She preceded him in death on Aug. 19, 2012.

In addition to his parent’s and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Thurman Ralston and two sisters, Carol Hardt and Darlene Vershack.

Mr. Ralston is survived by two daughters, Cindy L. Williams and her husband, Gary of Myrtle Beach, SC and Brenda A. Ratiner of Chambersburg; a son, Wilford “Willy” G. Ralston Jr. of Chambersburg; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are five sisters, Millie Dean and her husband, Larry of New Cumberland, Lois Pullen of Florence, NJ, Bonnie Hartman and her husband, Dave of Osceola Mills, Arlene Vershack and her husband, Vic of Springdale and Loretta Krause and her husband, the Rev. W. Dean Krause of Philipsburg; three sisters-in-law, Sharon Foreman, Sandra Foreman and her husband, William and Marlene Ralston; a brother-in-law, Marty Vershack; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Beezer-Heath Funeral Home, Philipsburg, with the Rev. W. Dean Krause, brother-in-law of Mr. Ralston, officiating. Burial will be at Philipsburg Cemetery.

Friends will be received from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Contributions in memory of Mr. Ralston may be made to the American Cancer Society, 26 S. Second St., Clearfield, PA 16830.

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