Jan. 4, 1917 - May 6, 2013
Ralph Timothy Huntzinger, age 96, peacefully passed away at home in Fallon surrounded by loved ones on May 6. He was born January 4, 1917 on a homestead in southeastern Arizona. His family later moved to California where he met and married his wife, Cecile Jenkins, in 1940. Ralph volunteered as one of the first SeaBees during WWII in the Pacific, trained for deep-sea diving and underwater construction. After the war, they moved to Farmington, New Mexico then later to Hayward, California while they raised seven children.
Ralph was a resourceful and skilled craftsman in many different trades, and could invent, build, fix, and construct just about anything. He was a very hard worker and provided well for his family. A loving and generous man, Ralph and his wife, Cecile always opened their home and hearts to others. Ralph lived his life with joy and a wry sense of humor that kept everyone around him smiling and laughing. He especially loved entertaining his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who loved him dearly.
Ralph was a dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, where he gave a lifetime of service in various roles, including serving in four bishoprics. His wife, Cecile laughs about the fact that every time they had a new baby, Ralph was called to serve in the Bishopric.
Ralph is survived by his beloved wife, Cecile; and seven children: Linda Huntzinger Calhoun (Randy) of Farmington, NM; LaVar Huntzinger (Judy) currently serving a mission in New Zealand; Tammy Huntzinger Layton (Ron) of Gilbert, AZ; Curtis Huntzinger (Ruth) of Phoenix, AZ; Terry Huntzinger Webb (Dan) of Colorado Springs, CO; Bradley Huntzinger (Kendal Hall) of Oakland, CA; and Brett Huntzinger (Rowena) of Fallon, NV. Ralph and Cecile had a wonderful life together, raising their children and enjoying their 29 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren. Ralph was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the LDS Church, 450 N. Taylor St. in Fallon. Visitation will precede services at 10 a.m.
Interment will follow in the Fallon Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Home in Fallon, 423-2255.