Ralph Halter died Thursday August 5, 2021. He was born October 24, 1936 in New Buffalo to Harold and Anna Halter (Dorman). Cherishing his heritage and history, he remained in New Buffalo most of his life in the house occupied by previous generations of his family and recognized with a historical marker as a building of importance in Perry County History. He was a 1953 graduate of Susquenita High School. Ralph was a lifetime farmer, historian, and retired from the United States Postal Service as Postmaster of New Buffalo. He also was employed as a coal dredger/pumper on the Susquehanna River, permit administrator for Watts Township, and served on the New Buffalo Borough Council. He worked for Wolfington Bus lines for many years as well as numerous other jobs and volunteered wherever he was needed. Most recently he served for 17 years as the chaplain of Perry County Prison where he touched many lives. Ralph was a 40 year member of the Hill Cemetery Association and was a grave digger at Hill in his youth. Ralph had a strong Christian faith. He attended many churches during his life including Hill Church, Center Union Church, Pleasant Valley Bretheren in Christ, and Millerstown Mennonite. He was also a founding member of Roseglen Bretheren in Christ. Ralph served as a missionary in Bloomfield, New Mexico where he served the Navajo for 4 years. His love of history and willingness to share all he knew was exhibited by membership in various genealogical and historical societies including life membership in the Historical Society of Perry County, the Perry Historians, and the Juniata District Mennonite Historical Center at Richfield. Surviving are three siblings; Barbara Fleming, Bradley (Anita), Randy and a sister-in-law Glenda. He was preceded in death by three brothers David, Barry, and Gerald. Services were held August 13th at Millerstown Mennonite Church. Pastors Eugene Nolt, Dwight Nolt, Mast Stoltzfus, and Dennis Richie officiated. Pallbearers at the church included Ethan Burkholder, Jadon Burkholder, Madison Reinford, Ryan Hoover, Jay Hoover, and Donald Burkholder. Burial was at Hill Cemetery, near New Buffalo, where he was laid to rest with 8 generations of his family. Pallbearers at the cemetery: Jordan Shetterley, David Shetterley, David Cook, Johannes Weaver, Zephaniah Weaver, and Joel McNaughton. David Myers Funeral Home, Newport, handled the arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hill Cemetery Association, c/o Lisa Dorman, 945 Meadow Grove Road, Newport PA 1707
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