Ralph Owen Dearth
Ralph Owen Dearth, 74, of Baltimore, died June 23, 2012 after a lengthy illness. He was born Dec. 20, 1937, in Prattsville, Vinton County, the son of Harry Forrest Dearth and Bernice Coe Dearth. He graduated from McArthur High School. He earned numerous safety awards during his career at Roadway Express, including the Million Mile Award. He was a member of Teamsters Local 413. An Army veteran, he served in the Marksmanship Unit of the Service Rifle Team. In 1965, he earned the Distinguished Rifleman Award, the highest honor for a military shooter. In 1966, he set a national record for target shooting with a high-powered rifle and became a co-holder of a reserve award.
He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and gardening. He was a member of the Fairfield Fish and Game Club and was a life member of the National Rifle Association.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by infant sisters, Barbara Dee and Betty Rouge.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Karen; daughters, Jennifer, of Butler, PA and Jill (Brian) Drinkwater, of Bolton Valley, VT; grandchildren, Emmaline, Aaron, and Layla; brothers, Donald, of San Francisco, CA, George Coe (Donna), of New Marshfield, Forrest Neil (Joan), of Marietta, Ken- neth Dale (Waneta), of Ostrander, and William Clifton (Helen), of Galloway; sisters, Marilyn Jean, of Prattsville, Juanita Ruth, of Columbus, Margaret Ilene, of Hilliard, and Bernice Ann (Richard), of Columbus; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, at Graumlich Funeral Home, 1351 S. High St. Funeral service is at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 29, 2012, at Good Shepherd Community Church, 210 Obetz Rd., with Rev. Gary Kirk officiating. Interment is at Femwood Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Central Ohio, 2225 Citygate Dr. #E, Columbus, OH 43219 or to Fairhope Hospice and Palliative Care Inc., 282 Sells Road, Lancaster, OH 43130.
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