Ralph C. Alderfer

Ralph C. Alderfer, 82, of Souderton, Pa., and formerly of Salford, died June 29, 2022, at Souderton Mennonite Homes. He was born June 20, 1940, to Isaiah L. and Lavina (Clemens) Alderfer in Sellersville. He was the loving husband of Doris S. Kolb for two years.

He graduated from Christopher Dock Mennonite High School in 1958. He graduated from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va., in 1963 and the University of Iowa in Iowa City in 1967.

He was employed as a music and math teacher for Iowa Mennonite High School for three years and Christopher Dock Mennonite High School for 19 years. He was also a self-employed painter and paperhanger for more than 30 years.

He was a member of Ambler Mennonite Church, where he served on the ministry team, as chair of the worship commission and as a song leader. He was conductor of the Franconia Lancaster Choral Singers since 1995. He was a board member of Lansdale Community Concerts. He had a great passion for music, which he expressed through conducting, teaching, song leading and attending concerts.

His other interests included watching the news and sports, reading and planning family vacations. He was a man of few words who exemplified integrity, humility, Christian service and a love for all people.

Survivors include his wife, Doris; five children, Daniel L. (Alicia) Alderfer of Schwenksville, Cindy D. (Ray) Derstine of Harleysville, Rhonda R. (Joseph Tedesco) Alderfer of Long Beach, N.Y., Mark T. (Denise) Alderfer of Souderton and Denise A. (Tom) Koch of Harleysville; three sisters, Rhoda (Gerald) Benner of Souderton, Lois (Mervin) Zook of Millersville and Rachel (Bruce) Hartzler of Mount Gilead, Ohio; a brother, David (Maryann) Alderfer of Broomall; 15 gradnchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his stepmother, Irene B. Alderfer; and his first wife, Doris (Long) Alderfer.

Funeral services were held at Towamencin Mennonite Church. Burial was in Towamencin Mennonite Church Cemetery.

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