Ralph Walter Gaebel , 97, a former resident of Eagle Valley Personal Care Home, in Milesburg and of Jeannette PA passed away at Haven Skilled Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Lock Haven, surrounded by his family on Tuesday, August 6, 2019.
Ralph was born on March 25, 1922 in Irwin, PA, a son of the late George W and Agatha Mary Schultheis Gaebel. On June 10, 1950, he married the former Audrey Louise (Bissell) Gaebel, who preceded him in death on June 19, 2011.
Ralph is survived by his son, Paul (Deborah) Gaebel of Bellefonte, and his daughter, Karen (Jerry) Elmore of Smithsburg MD; his granddaughters, Alyssa (Kyle) Centrella of Downingtown, PA, Bethany (Robbie) Crissinger of Avon, OH, his grandsons, Andrew (Whitney) Gaebel of NYC, Daniel ( Ana) Young of Bristol, PA, Scott Young of Alexandria, VA and his great-granddaughter Marley Young.
Ralph was a graduate of Jeannette High School Class of 1940. A graduate of Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics and a graduate of Triangle Drafting School in Pittsburgh.
Ralph retired as a draftsman from I-T-E Imperial and ABB in South Greensburg after 30 + years. He served in the Naval Reserve at LaGuardia Airport as an airplane mechanic and Aviation Machinist's Mate during WWII.
Ralph was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Jeannette, I-T-E Imperial Sportsman Association, Coachmen Camping Group, Academy of Model Aviation and Laurel Highlands Radio Controlled Airplane Club.
Ralph's hobbies include building and flying radio controlled airplanes, camping, traveling, model railroading and especially spending time with his family.
A special thanks to the staff at Eagle Valley Personal Care Home and Haven Skilled Rehabilitation Nursing Center for the excellent care given to Ralph over the years. A special thank you to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, and Susquehanna Home Care and Hospice.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his great-grandsons, Isaiah Young in 2003 and Braydon Young in 2013.
Funeral services will be at the convenience of the family.
Entombment will be in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg .
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of The Dean K. Wetzler Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Inc., 201 Spring St., Milesburg, PA
Online condolences may be made at www.deankwetzlerfuneralhomeandcremationserviceinc.com