The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

July 3, 2013

Ralph A. Derk, 96, Chambersburg

The Daily Item

— CHAMBERSBURG — Ralph A. Derk, 96, of Chambersburg, died Monday, July 1, 2013, at Menno Haven Retirement Community.

He was born Oct. 18, 1916, in Paxinos.

Ralph was a 1934 graduate of Shamokin High School.

He was the owner-operator of the Butcher Boy Market in Trevorton until his retirement in 1975. After his retirement, Ralph moved to Largo, Fla., where he lived for 33 years.

He was a member of Highland Presbyterian Church in Largo, Lodge 255, Free & Accepted Masons, Shamokin, and the Trevorton Odd Fellows.

He is survived by his children, Kenneth Derk and wife Suzan, of Chambersburg, and Bonnie D. Hepler, wife of the late Edwin Hepler, of Allentown; four grandchildren, Carrie Derk, of Chambersburg, Robert Derk and wife Nicole, of Fort Bragg, N.C., Bryson Hepler and wife Susan, of Tewksbury, Mass., and Susan Hartman and husband Michael, of Middletown, Md.; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Goldie C. Lesher Derk; four brothers, Ed Derk, Fred, Bill and Bob Haas; and one sister, Mae Rakoski.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 13, in Peifer’s Church, 337 Mandata Road, Herndon, with the Rev. Richard Sweppenheiser officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Herndon Camp Grove, c/o Barry Beilharz, 2046 Route 225, Herndon, PA 17830.

Condolences and memories may be shared on his Book of Memories page at