|Birth: ||Aug. 19, 1926|
|Death: ||Aug. 1, 2012|
Lowell E. "Dolly" Ruhl, had gone home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 1, 2012, at the age of 85. Lowell, was born at home on the family farm on August 19, 1926, the second child of Ira and Mabel Ruhl.
Drafted into the US Army after graduating from high school in 1944, Lowell served as a military policeman while being stationed in France and Germany. Upon his honorable discharge, he returned home and fell in love with Phyllis Roshon. They were married on June 23, 1951, at her home, and cherished their 60 years of marriage together. She preceded him in death on November 28, 2011, and he felt incomplete without her.
Lowell eventually settled into farming near Edison, Ohio, where he remained for 18 years until his father's death when he purchased the family farm in Johnsville, Ohio. He is said to have grown the "sweetest sweet corn" in Morrow County, which he generously gave to friends and family. Lowell also worked for the Bollinger John Deere Implement dealership in Edison; after retiring from there in 1990, he continued to farm and drove Amish men to work sites.
Learning the art of making maple syrup from his father at a young age, Lowell enjoyed making it for over 70 years. He was an inspiration to the next generation of farmers and delighted in sharing the process of maple syrup making with younger people who would not have had the experience otherwise. School and university students from all over the world were visitors to the farm and syrup camp.
A man of deep faith, Lowell was an active member of the Pleasant Grove Church of Christ, serving as a trustee and Sunday School teacher. He helped in many "silent ways" as well, mowing grass and plowing snow and assisting with other such needs.
In 1962, Lowell had the misfortune of losing his hand in a corn picker, but this "never slowed him down." He used his innovative mind to find ways of getting around this loss and "could actually do more with one hand than most could with two." Lowell also took time to visit other men who lost hands in farming accidents to give them encouragement and hope.
A proud father and grandfather, Lowell especially enjoyed spoiling his grandchildren and taking them on rides on his John Deere gator. He will be dearly missed by his five children, Carol (Duane) Williams of Mount Gilead, Gary (Elaine) Ruhl of New Hill, North Carolina, Vicki (Reginald) Reed of Caņon City, Colorado, Michael Ruhl of Montana, and Beth (Jamie) Tucker of Mount Gilead; 15 grandchildren, Nick (Misty) Williams, Kate Williams, Tarah (Jon) Noel, Isaiah (Deb) Ruhl, Elias (Dawn) Ruhl, Josiah (Anna) Ruhl, Caleb Reed, Taphath (Ben) Canon, Sgt. Joshua Reed, Levi Reed, David Ruhl, William Ruhl, Lori Hicks, Jarred Tucker and Jeremiah (Jayln) Tucker; 18 great-grandchildren with more on the way; four sisters, Eunice Denton of Galion, Esther Haring of Akron, Shirley (Joe) Lloyd of Marengo, and Zelda (Don) Gill of Farmington, NM; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Including his wife and parents, Lowell was preceded in death by three brothers, Richard, Walter and Virgil Ruhl.
The Ruhl family will greet friends from 2 - 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 5, 2012, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. Services celebrating his life will be held on Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Pleasant Grove Church of Christ , 7197 County Road 46, Mount Gilead, with Pastors Jeff Brunsman and Ray Linn officiating. Burial with military honors provided by his grandson, Sgt. Joshua L. Reed, and the V.F.W. Post 8054 and AmVets Post 87 will follow in Bryn Zion Cemetery.
The Ruhl family was blessed to mourn Lowell's passing and celebrate his life August 5-6. The family has strong comfort in the knowledge that Lowell is now with our Lord and Savior, but they are, of course, feeling his loss. Please pray for comfort for this family in the weeks ahead as they remember this much beloved man.
Memorial contributions may be made to Homecare Matters Home Hospice, 1220 N. Market St., Galion, OH 44833.
Phyllis June Roshon Ruhl (1933 - 2011)
Bryn Zion Cemetery
Maintained by: Jeanne Hinds
Originally Created by: Historian
Record added: Aug 09, 2012
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