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Ralph D. Updyke
November 27, 1935 ~ February 2, 2023 (age 87) 87 Years Old
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Ralph Updyke, Sr., 87, of Johnson City, died peacefully at his home surrounded by family. He had battled the effects of cancer and lived and died “on his own terms”, which is what he wanted to do. He was predeceased by many friends and his loving wife Janice, all of whom he missed dearly. He was retired from IBM in Endicott and then from the Johnson City Central School District as a bus driver. He was also an army veteran of the Korean War. He is survived by his daughter Valerie Shara and son Dennis. Their loving care and devotion allowed him to continue to live in the comfort and familiarly of his own home which otherwise would not have been possible. He is also survived by sons Ralph, Jr of NC and Bradley of Ohio who, although not local, were blessed to have been with him prior to his passing to express to him their love and gratitude. He is survived by five grandchildren (Zachary, Christina and Marissa Shara, Kyle Updyke and Jessica Key), three great grandchildren, a very caring and generous bunch of friends at the Village Diner in Johnson City who went above and beyond in treating “Ralphie” so well with all the special attention and courtesies that they extended to him. His family is so grateful that they provided a friendly environment to help fill the void after he lost his wife and most of his long time friends. The family is also grateful to Lourdes Hospice for helping him and his family through a challenging time. If you knew Ralph and want to honor him, consider a donation to Lourdes Hospice and also, go by The Village Diner in JC, have a good meal and tell them that “Ralphie” sent you. Private services to be held. Online condolences can be made at WWW.SUNSETMEMORIALSERVICES.COM.