John Ralph Hollenberg, 87, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on June 9, 2018. Ralph was born on May 7, 1931 in Sebring, Florida, where he lived most of his life. He married Jean Stauffer Breidenstine of Lebanon, Pennsylvania on June 7, 1953 and shared 64 years of life together until she preceded him in death in June of 2017. Ralph was a graduate of Sebring High School, class of 1950. Together with his friend, Archie Wolfe, he founded the construction company Hollenberg & Wolfe, Inc. in 1956 and also established Built-Rite Cabinets Company. Throughout 50 years in business together, they built and remodeled many homes and businesses in Highlands County and beyond.
Ralph was a life member of the Sebring Church of the Brethren. He served in various leadership roles as well as serving as a deacon. Ralph was a member of the Rotary Club and helped to organize its annual apple sale for many years. He was a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a fond supporter of Camp Ithiel, a Church of the Brethren camp in Gotha, Florida, including building several buildings on the grounds of the camp.
In addition to his wife, Jean, he was preceded in death by his parents, John H. and Ada D. Hollenberg; a sister, Viola; a brother, George; a daughter, Anita M. Byng (Terry); and a son, Dean W. Hollenberg (Pat). He is survived by his sisters, Edna Rutkosky of Sebring, Florida and Dorothy Light (Harry) of Columbia, Pennsylvania; son, Bruce A. Hollenberg of Westminster, Maryland; son, Rev. Keith E. Hollenberg (Beth) of York, Pennsylvania; son-in-law, Myron “Terry” Byng (Martha); daughter-in-law, Pat; grandchildren, Rev. Jeremy S. Byng (Ginger), Darren M. Byng (Lara), Adam J. Hollenberg (Jennifer), Rev. Nathan P. Hollenberg (Kate), Stephanie M. Hollenberg, Melissa D. Nunez (Shawn), Rev. Audrey N. Hollenberg-Duffy (Rev. Tim), Justin M. Hollenberg, Matthew D. Hollenberg and Jonathan A. Hollenberg and 10 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2018 with visitation at 10 a.m. at Sebring Church of the Brethren. His pastor, David Smalley, and former pastor Cecil Hess will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts should be made out to the Sebring Church of the Brethren, 700 S. Pine St., Sebring, FL 33870 in memory of J. Ralph Hollenberg. morrisfuneralchapel.com.