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Ralph "Sonny" W. Dahler

April 4, 1947 — February 3, 2021

Ralph W. “Sonny” Dahler, 73, of 5498 Grant Road, Ridgway, died Wednesday, February 3, 2021 unexpectedly at Penn Highland Elk.

He was born April 21, 1947, in Ridgway, a son of late Ralph J. and Hilda M. Ecklund Dahler.

On October 8, 1965, in Cumberland Maryland, he married Judith Weis, she survives of Ridgway.

Ralph was a lifelong resident of Ridgway. In 1966, Ralph joined the Army during the Vietnam War. After retiring from Carbon Graphite, Ralph worked with Kinkead Excavating and Erickson & Sons Inc. Ralph was a jack of all trades and loved to run heavy equipment. He loved his grandkids, bragging about them to anyone that would give him a chance. With his big heart and gift to talk, he could make friends wherever he went. Ralph loved his farm, treating his animals as they were his friends, most specially his dog “Angel”.

In addition to his wife of 55 years, Judy Weis Dahler, he is survived by a daughter; Laurie Schiafone and her husband, Allen, of Ridgway, a son; Curtis Dahler and his wife, Kathleen, of Ridgway, 9 grandchildren; Chrystal, David, Danielle, Kayla, Kamille, Dakota, Courtney, Alanna and Rachael, and multiple great grandchildren. He is also survived by 3 sisters; Erma Palenik of Davidsville PA, Beverely Moore of Central City PA, and Virginia Fugate of Scottsdale KY and one borther; James Dahler of Clairmont CA.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by 2 sisters; Marilys Jean Dahler, at birth, and Darla Ellinger.

A Memorial Service for Ralph W. Dahler will be held on Monday, February 8, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Krise Funeral Home, 130 Center Street, Ridgway, PA 15853 with Rev. Chuck Patterson officiating.

Family and friends will be received from 10:00 AM until the time of the service.

Live streaming can been seen at Krise Funeral Home Facebook.

In leu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ridgway Fire Department.

Krise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 130 Center Street, Ridgway, PA is entrusted with the arrangements, and online condolences may be offered to the family at

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