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Ralph, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, teacher, coach, and friend passed away November 22, 2017 at home. He was born on March 13, 1956 in Spangler, PA; graduate of Northern Cambria High School, 1974; graduate of Slippery Rock University, 1978. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Terri (Sybert); children, Jeffery (Kayla), Michael (KellyAnn), and Rebecka; grandchildren, Brinley, Bryce, Braxton, and Baby coming in January; siblings, Charles Butch and Mallory (Cattoi) Butterworth, Cynde (Butterworth) and Ray Laverick, Bob and Jackie (Lucci) Butterworth; half-sister, Elin (Butterworth) Steffey; in-laws, Jim and Marge (Westover) Sybert, Connie (Sybert) and Paul Tobey, Stacey and Sue (Sybert) Hutton, and Sam Pry. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews, cousins and friends, former and current students, players and co-workers. He is predeceased by his father, Charles Leonard; mother, Helen Margaret (Switzler); half-brother, Ben Butterworth; brother-in-law, Murray Steffey and Dan Yingling; sister-in-law, Lisa (Sybert) Pry. Ralph was a dedicated Health, P.E., and Drivers Ed Teacher, Junior High Girls Basketball Coach, Baseball coach, Remembering Adam Advisor, SAPP Advisor, and a member of the Wellness Committee at Harmony Area School District, a member of St. Johns United Methodist Church, a member of the PA Beekeepers Association, Med-Van driver, avid hunter, fisherman, and baker. Ralph influenced hundreds of lives through over 30 years of coaching and being active in the communities of Harmony, Northern Cambria, Purchase Line and Cambria Heights. He will be remembered for his kind and generous nature, infectious laugh, and chocolate chip cookies. A memorial service will be held at St. John's United Methodist Church in Northern Cambria at 4:30 PM followed by a Celebration of Life Reception at Contres-Greer Social Hall from 6:00-10:00 PM on Thursday, November 30. At the request of the family, please bring a photograph or other memorial to place in a book of remembrance at the reception. The Ralphie's Reach Memorial has been established for those wishing to contribute. This will support initiatives close to Ralph's heart. Contributions should be made out to Ralphies Reach and sent to Marion Center Bank, P.O.Box 502, Hastings, PA 16646 (814-247-5013) or contribute online to PayPal account RalphiesReach@gmail.com. A good Coach can change a game, a great Coach can change a life. John Wooden
Arrangements are in the care of Long-Contres Funeral Home, Inc., Northern Cambria.
Published on November 26, 2017
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