The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


March 2, 2014

Ralph D. Blanset Jr.

STOYSTOWN — BLANSET – Ralph D. Jr., 86, Stoystown, died unexpectedly Feb. 27, 2014, while visiting his daughter, Dawn Maluchnick, in Florida. Born Jan. 4, 1928, in Stoystown, son of Ralph Blanset Sr. and Myrtle E. “Libby” (Spangler) Lape. Preceded in death by parents; first wife, Irene (Bittner) Blanset, on March 26, 1981; second wife, Marlys J. (Kimmel) Enos, on April 19, 2008; stepson, Barry Enos; and stepgrandson, Nicholas Enos. Survived by daughters, Debbie (Blanset), and husband, Michael Hittie, Friedens, and Dawn (Blanset), and husband, Calvin Maluchnick, Stoystown; stepson, Robert Enos, and wife, Diane, Laughlintown; step daughter-in-law, Patricia Enos, Mount Joy; grandsons, Zachary Hittie; Drew Hittie, and fiance, Lauren Knupp; Derek Hittie; and Mack Maluchnick; and stepgrandchildren, Kassie Enos, Meredith Febbraio, Laura Petrescu and Matthew Enos. Several years after graduating high school, Ralph joined the U.S. Army in 1952 during the Korean War. He served as an automotive and track instructor at an armored tank school in Fort Knox, Ky. Owned and operated the family businesses, Blanset Construction and Plastering and Blanset’s Hardware, both in Stoystown, for many years. Was a third generation plasterer. Dedicated to the Stoystown area, his community service included the volunteer fire department (approx. 50 years), fire chief (approx. 40 years), borough council (approx. 50 years), borough council president, police officer and chief of police (many years) and mayor (two years). Founding member and current secretary of Somerset Area Ambulance board of directors. Member of Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church and Somerset County Republican Committee. Past member of Stoystown Post 257 American Legion and Stoystown Lions Club. Above all, Ralph loved his family. Viewing will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hoffman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 109 Church Road, Davidsville, where service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Pastor Edward V. DeVore officiating. Interment, Odd Fellows Cemetery, Stoystown. Military rites in charge of Somerset County Honor Guard. Memorials may be given to Somerset Area Ambulance Service,  115 Wood Duck Road, Somerset, Pa. 15501. To express condolences, make a donation, light a candle or order flowers, visit

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