Ralph C. Leinbach Jr., 90, of Wyomissing, Pa., passed away peacefully on Friday, March 1, 2019, surrounded by his loving family and friends.
Born in St. Lawrence, Pa., he was the son of the late Ralph C. Leinbach Sr. and Carrie (Hilbert) Leinbach. He was married for 66 wonderful years to Dorace (Witman) Leinbach, who passed in 2017.
A 1946 graduate of the former Mt. Penn (Pa.) High School, Ralph served two tours of duty with the U.S. Marine Corps, before graduating from Lehigh University with a B.S. in metallurgical engineering in 1954. After a year in the Atomic Power Division of Babcock and Wilcox, Ralph joined Carpenter Technology Corporation, Reading, Pa., in 1955. He began his 33-year career at Carpenter as a research metallurgist, rising to group vice president of the Carpenter Steel Division, and retiring as senior vice president of Technology and Engineering.
Ralph held a number of patents in steel processing and was recipient of numerous awards within the iron and steel industry. He was a fellow of the American Society of Metals, and a member of numerous technical societies.
Following his retirement, he served on the board of Reading Alloys Corp., the board of the Reading Music Foundation, and the Berks County Golf Association.
In his youth, Ralph enjoyed playing baseball, horseback riding and playing trombone in local jazz bands. Later in life, his interests turned to golf, hunting and fishing, bridge and thoroughbred racing.
Ralph is survived by a son, Eric, and his partner, Judy Geibel, of Easton, Pa.; daughters Tracy Leinbach, of Pinehurst, and Lori Leinbach and husband, Charles Linton, of Southborough, ; and son-in-law Thomas Kocher, of Sinking Spring, Pa. Also surviving is a granddaughter, Megan, of Southborough, Mass.; grandson Michael and wife, Stephanie, of West Lawn, Pa.; great-grandchildren Quinn and Ezra; sister Marilyn, of Thibodaux, La.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Jan (Leinbach) Kocher; and sisters Martha Angstadt and Beverly Bieber.
Services will be private, at the request of the family.
Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home Inc., West Reading, Pa., is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.kuhnfuneralhomes.com.