Ralph William Finkenbinder, 88, of South Middleton Township, Carlisle, died suddenly on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in the Carlisle Regional Medical Center surrounded by his loving wife Jean and family.
He was born in Middlesex Township on July 8, 1924, to the late George Washington and Mary Zeigler Finkenbinder.
Ralph was a life-time farmer on the Arrow Head Ranch in South Middleton Township, where he raised his Holstein cows and farmed all of his life. He was a member of the Dairy Heard Improvement Association and Penna. Farm Bureau. Also, Ralph was a charter member of the Middlesex Gun Club, charter member of the Keystone Snogoers Club and was the club’s trail boss. Ralph was an avid hunter who gathered trophies from numerous states and Canada. He was a United States Merchant Marine veteran of World War II serving in the Atlantic War and the Mediterranean War Zones.
Ralph’s passions in life were his family, farming, fishing, hunting and teasing anyone within range. We will all miss him greatly.
He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Jean I. Wetzel Finkenbinder, whom he married on Oct. 17, 1947. Also surviving is a son, Dennis W. Finkenbinder of Boiling Springs; two daughters, Cindy L. Grove and her husband William of Boiling Springs and Brenda K. Durnin and her husband Wayne of Spokane, Wash.; a grandson, Jason R. Grove and his fiancé Amanda Bisker of Gardners; a brother, Wayne D. Finkenbinder of British Columbia, Canada; a sister, Mary Jane Kretzing-Karlson and her husband Ernest of Mechanicsburg; a step-brother, John L. Durnin and his wife Grace of Carlisle; and a step-sister, Joyce Peffer of Carlisle. Ralph was preceded by three brothers, Eugene, George and Paul Finkenbinder; a step-brother, James Durnin; and three sisters, Elizabeth Finkenbinder, Alma Barkley and Martha Nornhold.
Funeral services will be held at noon Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, in the Hollinger Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 501 N. Baltimore Ave., Mt. Holly Springs. Officiating will be the Rev. Daniel L. Dennis. Interment will be in the Letort Cemetery, Middlesex Township, Carlisle, with military honors provided by the Cumberland County Honor Guard. There will be a viewing from 10 a.m. until time of services Friday in the funeral home.
The family has expressed their wish that in lieu of flowers donations be made charitably to the “John Hopkins University,” c/o Fund for John Hopkins Medicine, 100 N. Charles St., Suite 436, Baltimore, MD 21201 or to the American Parkinson Disease Association, 135 Parkinson Ave., Staten Island, NY 10305.