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Ralph E. Balchunas Jr.


Ralph E. Balchunas Jr.

June 22, 1967- November 8, 2019

Ralph E. Balchunas Jr. passed away on Friday, November 8, 2019, at home after battling many months from a lung disorder of unknown cause. He passed peacefully with his Mom close beside him. He was preceded in death by his Dad, Ralph Sr., who passed on February 21, 2019.

In his own words, Ralph said that all the outdoor activities that he shared with his Dad were the most precious times he experienced in his life. He also said in his dedication to his Dad at his Dad’s memorial service, that his Father taught, shared, helped and parented him so well that he could not have asked for a better Father. He further stated that they loved each other so much they were almost the same person, and the most important thing was that his Dad was his Best Friend.

Ralph graduated from Elizabethtown Area High School and was employed at Turkey Hill Dairy, Brother’s Pizza Shops, and Arnold’s Logistics. In 2005, he returned to live with his parents as he became disabled with fibromyalgia and its related issues.

Ralph loved outdoor activities, especially geese and deer hunting. He and his Dad handcrafted many goose decoys and were well known for their expertise in waterfowl hunting. He enjoyed sport with his firearms and was dedicated to the Second Amendment. He also enjoyed snowmobiling in Pennsylvania and New York. He was especially proud of his Mustang. He loved rock music and once had the opportunity to meet with all the band members of Queensryche, his favorite musical group. He was thrilled and excited about the experience and celebrated by buying his parents a pizza at 3:00 a.m. after the show!

Ralph is survived by his beloved Mother, Kay Balchunas. He once gave her the following Christmas greeting:

“When I think of all the times in my life that you've been there for me, I realize just how fortunate I am to have a Mom like you. You’ve given me unending strength, support and encouragement. I often wish there were some way I could give you even half the love you’ve given me. That’s why Christmas is so important -- for the closeness it brings and for the chance to tell you how much I Love You. Merry Christmas, Mom, Love your Son”

In the preceding weeks before his passing, he wished to tell his estranged adopted daughter Nicole that he loved her very much and cherished all the fun times they had together, especially taking her fishing, golfing, and goose hunting.

Ralph was blessed to have many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins throughout his lifetime. He was especially fond of the “kids” that came to visit Uncle Ralph and Auntie Kay. He loved watching his Dad interact with the young folks as they went riding in the family golf cart.

His Dad and our Dear Lord surely welcomed him in heaven with loving open arms.

A memorial service will be held in the near future.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Rifle Association.

Services are being handled by the Murphy Funeral Home, McSherrystown, Pa.