Ralph Gebhardt

NORTH LIMA – Ralph Gebhardt, 85, died Tuesday afternoon at

Assumption Village where he had been a resident for the past two years.

Born Feb. 19, 1928, in Youngstown, he was the son of S. Calvin and Dora (Wolf) Gebhardt.

Mr. Gebhardt served as a Marine from September 1944 to September 1949, most of that time stationed in China. He was a radio operator and received a Sharpshooter’s Award. He received an honorable discharge with the rank of corporal.

A licensed boiler operator, he worked at Fitzsimmons Steel in Youngstown and later for Photogenic Machine and F.A. Pilgrim. He was a member of Paradise United Church of Christ in Canfield.

He was preceded in death in November of 2010, by his wife, the former Eleanor Miles, whom he married Sept. 22, 1950.

Survivors include four children, Karl (Susan) Gebhardt, Diane (Bill) Greenawalt, Ralph (Lynn) Gebhardt and Howard (Melissa) Gebhardt; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and his brother, Norman (Sally) Gebhardt of Birmingham, Mich.

Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday at Paradise Church with the Rev. David Parry officiating.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, material contributions may be made to United Unity 4-H, 4153 Padgett Road, East Palestine, Ohio 44413.

Family and friends are invited to visit www.seederly-mongandbeck.com to sign the guestbook or send private condolences.