Ralph Edward Detwiler
September 24, 1935 – July 2, 2021
Ralph Edward Detwiler went to be with the Lord on July 2, 2021at the age of 85. His greatest joy was his love of God, his family and his country.
Born September 24, 1935 in Williamsburg Pennsylvania to J. Kenneth and Gertrude Detwiler, Ralph was the oldest of six children. On July 13, 1966 he married Carol (Guyer) in Alexandria, Virginia.
Ralph was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Richard Detwiler and Alan Detwiler. He is survived by is wife of 54 years, Carol; son Robert Detwiler and wife, Sandra (Vegas); daughter Tammy Miller and husband, Brad; brother, Charles Detwiler; sisters, Diana Glunt and Mary Jane Dinger.
His grandchildren are William Miller, Peyton Miller, Bailey Miller, Garrett Miller, children of Tammy and Brad. Fabian Vegas and wife, Victoria, and Ariel Vegas and fiancé Meshach Lewis are children of Rob and Sandra, also great grandchildren, Leilani Vegas, Kalana Vegas, and Kai Lewis. Additionally, there are numerous nieces and nephews.
Ralph served with pride for 26 years in the United States Air Force, enlisting in 1954. His many talents allowed him to serve as a Nuclear Specialist, Nuclear Weapons Technician, Nuclear Power Plant Operator and Instrumentation Specialist, and Missile Electronic Maintenance Superintendent. He retired in 1980 at rank of Senior Master Sergeant, having been awarded numerous medals and ribbons.
His second career was as an electronics technician with Harris Farinon lasting 20 years. After retiring the second time, Ralph and Carol loved to RV across Texas and the US. Throughout their 54 years of marriage, Ralph and Carol stayed active with activities and hobbies including bowling, pinochle, camping, scouting, fishing, traveling and chasing kids and grandkids. Ralph also spent his time woodworking and tinkering in his shop, volunteering with the Live Oak Police Department, serving at St John’s Lutheran Church and with friends and family.
Depending when and where you knew him, he was known as Ralph, Ed or Dee. You also knew that Ralph never knew a stranger. He was a straight shooter that would give you honesty and fairness and always had a smile. He might even talk your ear off. He would help anyone, any time, anywhere. He will be missed.
Visitation will be Monday, July 26, 2021 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Colonial Funeral Home, Universal City. A funeral service for Ralph will be 11:00 AM Tues. July 27, 2021 at St. John Lutheran Church, 502 E Nueva St. San Antonio with visitation and reception for one hour prior from 10-11 AM. Committal Service with military honors will follow the funeral service at 1:15 PM at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, and for those who wish to do so, memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society or St John’s Lutheran Church.
- Carol Detwiler, Wife
- Robert Detwiler (Sandra (Vegas)), Son
- Tammy Miller (Brad Miller), Daughter
- Charles Detwiler, Brother
- Diana Glunt, Sister
- Mary Jane Dinger, Sister
- William Miller, Grandchild
- Peyton Miller, Grandchild
- Bailey Miller, Grandchild
- Garrett Miller, Grandchild
- Fabian Vegas (Victoria Vegas), Grandchild
- Ariel Vegas (Meshach Lewis), Grandchild
- Leilani Vegas, Great Grandchild
- Kalana Vegas, Great Grandchild
- Kai Lewis, Great Grandchild
- J. Kenneeth Detwiler (Gertrude Detwiler), Father (deceased)
- Richard Detwiler, Brother (deceased)
- Alan Detwiler, Brother (deceased)
Monday, July 26, 2021
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Committal Service with Full Military Honors
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Ralph Edward Detwiler
August 22, 2021
Ralph was a cornerstone in my life in his mentorship and guidance from my teen years to our loss this last July. His sound advice fueled by experience helped me develop through those years — even when we didn’t talk, the “What would Mr Detwiller say (or expect)?” Would pop into my head. He was a man of service to his community and I appreciated and respected that greatly.
July 25, 2021
My deepest condolences to the family. Mr. Ralph was very kind to us at St. John's Church. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Ebbie Kelly & Family
Marvelann (Jones) Jenschke
July 19, 2021
Mrs. D, Rob and Tammy and family,
I was deeply saddened when I heard the news of the passing of Mr. D.
My sincere condolences to you all!
He was a wonderful man and I will always be grateful that I was blessed to have him and all of you in my life.
Please let me know if there is anything I can do for each and every one of you!
Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs your way!
July 13, 2021
Aunt Carol, Rob, and Tammy, we are very sorry about Uncle Ed’s passing. He was always warm and welcoming to us and we are glad we could visit Texas in recent years and spend time with him. Sending our love and condolences from Maryland.
Holly, Rob, Julianna, & Robert