Mostoller, Ralph V.


Ralph V. Mostoller of Richland died July 8 at Arbutus Park Manor at the age of 104.

Born June 15, 1907, in Johnstown, he was the son of the late Cyrus Albert and Dessie (Reel) Mostoller. He is survived by two sons, the Rev. Ralph A. Mostoller, pastor of Tarrs United Methodist Church, and George A.(Elaine) of Johnstown; two granddaughters and a great-grandchild.  

Ralph was a 1925 graduate of Johnstown High School and earned a B.S. in education in 1936 and a masters in letters in 1949 from the University of Pittsburgh. He retired from Greater Johnstown School District in 1969 after 44 years of teaching, beginning in 1925 at Keafer School in Conemaugh Township, a one-room school house with eight grades.

Mr. Mostoller was the eldest member of Park Avenue United Methodist Church and was a member of various Masonic and Shriner organizations.

He was a member of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, having an interest in biology, botany and ornithology, the Sons of the American Revolution; Allegheny Plateau Audubon Society; and historical and genealogical societies of Somerset County, Johnstown and Ferndale.  He also was a member of the Johnstown Stamp Club and Johnstown Camera Club, being an avid photographer.

Ralph also was an avid outdoorsman, involved in hunting, trapping and fishing and membership in Trout Unlimited Mountain Laurel Chapter No. 40, the first member in the Greater Johnstown area.  He belonged to the Johnstown Sportsmen’s  Association, where he was secretary and served on the board of directors; the Quemahoning Trap and Field Club; and Good Fellowship Lodge Inc. in Potter County, where he was secretary and treasurer for 19 years. 

Funeral services were held July 11 at the Picking-Treece-Bennett Mortuary with the the Rev. Ralph A. Mostoller officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Arbutus Park Manor, 207 Ottawa St., Johnstown, Pa.