TIFFIN — Ralph C. Smothers, 96, of Tiffin, passed away at 9:44 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at the Tiffin Mercy Hospital.
Ralph was born Oct. 22, 1917, in Sparta, to the late Clarence and Florence (Shirley) Smothers. He married Evelyn L. (Pealer) in Amity, on Jan. 27, 1952, and she remains in Tiffin.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Evelyn Louise; a son, Ralph C. (Julie) Smothers II of Tiffin, Sue (Henry) Smothers-Montgomery of Apple Valley; four grandchildren, Ralph “Will” Smothers III, Sean and Lucille Smothers, and Lacey Montgomery; and four nephews, Clyde, Dennis, David and Bobby Sears. He was preceded in death by his sister, Lucille Sears; and a niece, Susan Roush.
Ralph’s miracle began as a 2 lb. premature baby. His family were poor tenant farmers in Morrow County. Ralph and his sister, Lucille lost their $1,200 life savings in the stock market crash of 1929. He joined the service in 1941. Ralph served in the 11th Armored Division, 33rd Cavalry as a Sergeant Major. When he departed in 1945, Ralph found his way to the Mount Vernon Employment office. This is where he met a professional woman, Evelyn Pealer, who found him a job in their office. Ralph, then also worked at a appliance store in Mount Vernon. Ralph heard of an opportunity to start a Maytag store in Tiffin. He left for Tiffin with $200 in his pocket. In 1950, he started Ralph’s Maytag and it is still thriving today as Ralph’s Joy of Living.
Ralph was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend, and will be deeply missed.
Visitation for family and friends will be Friday, Feb. 28, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Engle-Shook Funeral Home and Crematory, 135 N. Washington Street, Tiffin. A military graveside service conducted by the United Veterans Council will be held Saturday, March 1, at 10:30 a.m., at Greenlawn cemetery. Following the burial on Saturday, there will be a Celebration of Ralph’s Life, at noon., at the Christ Church of Tiffin with the Rev. Terry Jones officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice Care. On-line condolences may be left for the family and the live web-cast may be viewed at www.engleshookfuneralhome.com.Copyright The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.