Ralph Pitsenbarger, age 85, of Franklin, WV, formerly of Avon, OH, passed away on Monday, May 20, 2013 at his residence. He was born in Doe Hill, VA on July 25, 1927, the son of the late Oliver and Virginia Dare (Leach) Pitsenbarger. On October 28, 1961 he married Arvella Lambert, who lives in Franklin. Ralph retired from General Motors and was a US Army Veteran. He was a Methodist by faith.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Pitsenbarger is survived by: 2 daughters, Sheila Rexrode of Fulks Run, VA, Shelly Kate Monssen and husband Mark of Franklin; 2 sons, Dennis Lambert and wife Cricket of Franklin, Ralph Pitsenbarger, Jr. and wife Angela of Elkton, VA; 2 sisters, Bonnie Mickey of Parma Heights, OH, Marvel Earhardt of Cascade, MD; 9 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Ralph was preceded in death by: 3 brothers, Rembert, Harvey, Randolph Pitsenbarger; and a great-grandson, Charles “Bubby” Pitsenbarger.
Mr. Pitsenbarger's family will receive friends on Thursday, May 23, 2013, 6-8 PM at the Basagic Funeral Home, Franklin. Pastor Jerry Smith will officiate funeral services on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 2:00 PM in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Franklin with Military Graveside Services conducted by the Pendleton County Veterans Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to Relay for Life, American Cancer Society. Memories and words of comfort may be left at www.basagic.com.