Ralph Emil LuchtApril 24, 1931 ~ December 16, 2017 (age 86)
Ralph Emil Lucht, 86, of Williamsport, died peacefully in his home on Saturday, December 16, 2017.
Born April 24, 1931 in Rochester, New York, he was a son of Albert and Mary Lucht.
Ralph attended school in Rochester, and then for his high school years, was accepted to Mercersburg Academy Prep School, Mercersburg, PA, graduating in 1950. While at Mercersburg, he was a good athlete and excelled in swimming. Ralph won the New York State Championship for the backstroke in 1950, setting a new state record. He was the captain of the life guards at Lake Ontario during summer breaks.
In 1951, Ralph joined the U.S. Marine Corps and just before dispatching to Korea, he injured his knee keeping him from active duty. He returned to Rochester, married and had three sons. Ralph remarried "the love of his life", Diane Arlene Myers.
Ralph and Diane lived in upstate New York raising their children until they bought Beltone Hearing Aid Service and moved to Williamsport in 1976. Ralph loved to play chess and became president of the chess league. He was an avid golfer, travelled around the world and cruised to many sea ports. He was a member of the Lucky Lincoln Investment Club for many years. He was good at Texas Hold'em and didn't often lose. He was a real estate owner and president of the land lord's association in Williamsport for many years. His keen insight and excellent business ethics created a legacy for his family, his son, Ralph K. Lucht and grandchildren remain in the business. Beltone of Williamsport remains strong in our community under Elvira and Anthony Ferraro after 42 years.
He was preceded in death by his wives, Diane and Lila; a son Danny Lucht, daughter JoDee A. Hoffert; his only brother, Bob Lucht and infant great-granddaughters, Serenity Grace and Alayna.
Surviving are a son, Ralph K. Lucht (Sandy) of Pottsville, Jerome C. Lucht (Debbie) and daughter, April Lucht Mingos of Williamsport, a sister-in-law Annette Lucht of Rochester, grandchildren, Jesse Lucht (Mandi), Sarah Lucht Whitley (Tom), Michael Lucht (Allison) , Daniel Lucht, Will Hoffert ( Jaycee), John Hoffert (Rachel), and Jodie Mingos-Smith (Matt), great-grandchildren, Brenden Lucht Carl, Karsyn and Lucas Lucht, Gracie and Lena Lucht, Liam, Quinn, and Addison Hoffert, Ville Hoffert and Julianna Reed.
Ralph had a full life enjoying the good things, he was a risk taker and enjoyed new people and places. Ralph E. Lucht would tell you "I did it my way"
There will be no service. He will be buried with his wife, Diane in Lima, NY in the spring.
In memory of Ralph, donations may be made to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation (NPCF), in memory of his brother, Bob Lucht , P.O. Box 1848 Longmont, CA 80502