Obituary for SFC Ralph R. Denton, Sr., USA Retired
Ralph R. Denton, Sr., 86, of Street, MD, entered eternal life on January 10, 2018 at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, MD. Born September 8, 1931 in St. Albans, NY, he was the son of the late John Daniel and Anna Laurie (Stuart) Denton. Married to his beloved wife Nancy A. (Lemons) Denton on June 15, 1968, they shared 49 years of marriage together.
Ralph was an educated man, graduating with a Bachelors Degree and a Master of Arts in Teaching from The Citadel in Charleston, SC. In his later years he also received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Towson University in Maryland. He was a retired Army recruiter, a consultant for the military, and volunteered as a teacher for ESL (English Second Language). He was an avid marksman and enjoyed black powder shoots, rendezvous camps, and sharp shooting. Ralph was a skilled actor in local community theatre, and an active S.A.G. card holder who appeared on stage and screen.
In addition to his wife, Ralph is survived by his children: Paula Wood (Jay) of New Hampshire; Laurie Ann Denton of Pennsylvania; Diana Denton-Szmurlo (Florian) of Illinois; Jaqui Jan Denton-Hall (Douglas) of Pennsylvania; Lithia Marie Knopp (John) of Maryland; Ralph Robert Denton, Jr. of Maryland; Rance Douglas Denton (Kate) of Maryland; as well as his six grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren, and cousin. Ralph is preceded in death by his brother, Sargent Gregory J. D. Denton (M.J.) of California.
Viewings will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Harkins Funeral Home, 600 Main Street, Delta, PA 17314. In memory of Ralph, the VFW Post #8672 from Jarrettsville will have a service at 8p.m. Funeral staff will be assisting with parking and handicap needs during the viewing.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 10 a.m. in St. Mary Catholic Parish, 1021 St. Mary’s Road, Pylesville, MD with Reverend A. Henry Kunkel, III as celebrant. Interment to be scheduled in Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the following: St. Jude’s Children Hospital, https://www.stjude.org/, For the Love of a Veteran, https://www.fortheloveofaveteran.org or your choice of a local animal rescue center.