Ralph L. Updike, 82, beloved father and grandfather passed away peacefully on Friday February 8, 2019 as a guest at the Hometown Nursing Home Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.
Husband of the late Marjorie A. “Shirley” Updike who passed away on November 17, 2017, Ralph is survived by daughter, Lisa Scheitrum of McAdoo; sons, Ralph J. Updike and his wife Jacqueline of Virginia, Steve L. Updike and his wife Sally of McAdoo, Mark W. Updike of Tamaqua; sister, Charlene Updike; sister-in-law, Vickie Carey wife of Philip; grandchildren Cassaundra Ameel of Pittsburgh, Capt. Steve W Updike, DO USAF of Texas, Lauren Mayer of Philadelphia, Brittany Himmelreich of Cressona, Ian Updike of Virginia, Michelle Myers of Williamsport, David Updike of McAdoo, and Allison Updike of Virginia, and Brandon Updike of Hazleton; great grandchildren Brady and Peyton Himmelreich; many nieces, nephews, and extended family in the United Kingdom.
Born in Tyrone, Pennsylvania the son of the late James, and Pearl (Gunsallus) Updike he was also predeceased by his brother, Edward.
Ralph served his country honorably during a 20-year career in the United States Air Force. Rising to the rank of Tech Sargent, Ralph served as an Electronics Tech. During his tour of the United Kingdom, he met Shirley whom he shared a birthday with, May 27, 1936. While serving abroad Ralph furthered his passion for bowling. While stationed in The United Kingdom, Ralph was the United Kingdom Bowling Champion.
Ralph and his family were longtime residents of Lake Hauto. He and Shirley owned the former Sky Lanes Bowling Center in Hometown until building Spare/Time, which they operated until retiring.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 655 East Broad Street, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252. (570) 668-2550.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday February 13, 2019 at 8 p.m. from the funeral home. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 p.m. until time of services.
Interment with Military Honors bestowed by the United States Air Force, Thursday February 14, 2019 at 11:30 a.m., Ft. Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, Pennsylvania.
Memorial in his name to a charity of one’s choice.
To share condolences or express a fond memory of Ralph, visit www.griffithsfuneralhomes.com