Dr. Joseph Ralph Poole

July 04, 1924 ‒ August 08, 2017

Fredericktown, Ohio

Dr. Joseph Ralph Poole, age 93 of Fredericktown, died Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at the home of his daughter surrounded by his family. Dr. Poole was born at Minford, Ohio on July 4, 1924 to the late Jonathan Dodge Poole and Gertrude (Dever) Poole. Following graduation from high school he served with the U S Army in the Pacific Theater of War during World War Two. Dr. Poole and his late wife Thelma (Dillow) Poole both taught school from 1952 to 1954 at the Dayton Junior Academy.

They moved to California and in 1958 He earned his degree as a medical doctor from Loma Linda Medical University in Loma Linda, California. In 1959 the family moved to Fredericktown Ohio and Dr. Poole opened his family medical practice. After retiring from his family practice Dr. Poole was employed at the Mount Vernon Developmental Center in Mount Vernon, Ohio and retired as their Medical Director.

He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Hill Church in Mount Vernon and was a former member of the Fredericktown Lions Club. He was an avid antique collector and was an avid antique car enthusiast who enjoyed collecting antique automobiles.

Surviving are his children Dr. Joseph Rustin (Melissa) Poole of Mount Vernon and Mary (Joe Cochran) Wishau of Mount Vernon; grandchildren Julia (Nick) Nordby, Jonathan Poole, Elizabeth (James) Dunkleberger D.D.S., and Joe (Melissa) Cooper and 7 great grandchildren. Besides his parents and wife of 66 years he was preceded in death by 9 brothers and sisters.

A memorial service celebrating the life of Dr. Joseph Ralph Poole will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the Seventh-day Adventist Hill Church, 535 Wooster Rd., Mount Vernon with Pastor Fred Shoemaker officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Knox County Health Department, 11660 Upper Gilchrist Rd., Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.

To share a memory or leave an online condolence for the family, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

The Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown is honored, to have been chosen, to serve the family of Dr. Joseph Ralph Poole.

  • It was a privilege to have been one of his nurses at mvdc for many yrs. Prayers go out to his family.

  • Dr. Poole was a very humble man l truly enjoyed working with Dr,Poole. He was always full of knowledge. Sending my condolences to his family and friends. I also worked with Dr.Poole at MVDC as one of his nurses what a honor .

  • I too had the opportunity to work with Dr. Poole at MVDC for many years. Such a dedicated physician and warm, kind person. I’m sure he will be greatly missed by all that were fortunate to have known him. Thoughts & prayers to the family.

  • God bless you, Dr. Poole. You were probably welcomed home with a hearty,”Well done, good and faithful servant.” You served our community well and I thank you for the kindness shown me when you delivered my 6th and last baby, Jill. You talked me into staying awake for her birth, and it was a wondrous thing. You will be missed , here on earth, but you now have anew wondrous home.

  • My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Doctor Joseph Poole. I had the priviledge of of knowing him as my Grandfather’s Doctor and working with him at MVDC . After his retirement, he enjoyed having lunch with us and encouraged us to spend an afternoon with him,where he shared with us his collection of antiques and their history. Nova Hoar, Nancy Shafer and I are grateful that we could share this time with him last Fall!

  • Dr. Poole treated everyone with respect and kindness. Worked at MVDC with him Dr. Poole will be missed.

  • What a terrible loss …he was not only a great, great doctor..but..a wonderful friend to so many in our community, our deepest sympathy to Joe, Mary and families..

  • I’m sad to hear of his passing I didn’t know very well , he was very kind person whenever I’d see just be passing by him in the hallway at work (mvdc) he would always say hello. Sending prayers to his family and friends .

  • To dr.poole’s family,
    Dr.poole was a gentle man and treated a person with caring hands and kindness. He will be missed by all. He was not only our doctor but also a dear friend. He left us with wonderful memories. Your all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • We have known doc since we were children under his care. He was always so kind and I also remember him making house calls at our home when Mom was in bed with rheumatic fever. He was always willing to listen to “what ailed you” and offer advice. Up until just a couple of years ago we would pass him on our walks around Fredericktown. He was a great contribution to our community, both personally and professionally. He will be missed.

  • To The family: It was always a pleasure to work with Dr. Poole at Mercy & KCH. He had wonderful bed side manner, was kind to his patients and nurses and provided humor or support if needed. May God be with you during this time of need.

  • Dr. Poole was a friend and a Doctor of ours, I remember when he first arrived in Fredericktown to practice (he made house calls). So very sorry for the loss of your loved one. Many blessings and prayers. He was a dear person.

  • Dr. Poole was my doctor from the time I was born until I got married. He was always so kind and gentle with his patients. He was not only a good Dr. but a good friend. He will be missed.

  • I am so sorry for the loss of your father and grandfather. He was a wonderful person and working for him was a joy. He was so appreciative of everything we did and would thank us every night before leaving the office. The entire community will miss him!

  • Dr Poole was my childhood doctor and a great one too! I broke my arm as a kid and he attended to me with great detail and was able to keep a young kid calm. He did so even when cutting the cast off. I had an xray done a little while ago on my arm and the doctor then gave great review on how well Dr Poole did with my arm as he could not even tell I broke it. I am sorry to hear that he has passed.

  • Doctor Poole was easy to love and respect. He was always kind and treated you like you were he most important person he had to see that day. I hated it when re retired from family practice and we are genuinely sorry to hear of his passing. Our deepest sympathy to all his family.

  • Doctor Poole was a caring, giving, friendly person. While working at MVDC, it was easy to observe his concern for others and his friendliness to residents and staff alike. The community has lost another great professional.
    Thoughts and prayers for his family.

    Roger Marra

  • Dr. Poole was not only a great Doctor, but also a great kind man. He was the Dr. that delivered me, gave me my childhood shots, and made house calls when needed, then years later when I came to work at Mvdc he would ask about my parents and other family members whenever he would see me, never forgetting anyone that he had cared for. To Jr, Mary and the rest of the family you are all in my thoughts your Dad was one of the best and will be missed by the whole community.

  • My life has been touched just by knowing Dr. Poole. His kindness to all he met and his dedication to a career he loved will always hold a special place in my heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Joe & Melissa, Mary & Joe, and your families. May you all be comforted by your precious sweet memories during this time of sorrow.
    Jim & Mary Linkous

  • My condolences to his family. He was my doctor when I moved to Fredericktown in 1969-70. I was in the first grade. He also delivered my first son in 1981. He was the by far the best doctor I have ever had and will never forget him. God be with his family.
    Roberta Snyder Harris

  • Truly a Blessing and honor to have known Dr Poole. One of God’s servants who
    diligently served his community well. I am glad we crossed paths in this journey on earth. Heart felt sympathy to you the family, who was also blessed to have this great man in your midst. Our prayers are with you all.
    Melody and Charles Barnes

  • Dr Poole was a great doctor. He took care of me, my brothers and sisters and my parents for many years when we lived in Fredericktown. Sorry for your loss.

  • Love and prayers to the family. Doc was a sweetheart with a heart of gold. He will be missed.

  • I too worked with Dr. Poole at MVDC. Besides being a patient and wonderful doctor, he was also a kind teacher, as I learned a lot from him. There will never be another like him. I will miss seeing him on his walks he enjoyed doing.

  • Dr. Poole was my doctor and my family’s doctor when we moved to Fredericktown in 1974 until we moved away in 1985. He was a wonderful doctor and so friendly and kind. So very sorry to hear of his passing. My deepest sympathy to the family.

  • Dr. Poole was the doctor for my family for many years. He was also an alumni of the same medical school as my uncle, the late Leonard Ramey. They both graduated from Loma Linda. I always looked up to Dr. Pool. He will be missed.

    Jesse Ramey

  • I’m so very sorry to hear of Dr. Poole’s passing. He was a very kind and gentle man. I remember when he made house calls as well. He would borrow my dad’s truck on occasion to do some work around his house and such. He will be missed, just can’t say enough good things about him. Have a lot of memories. Rest In Peace. God gained another angel. My deepest sympathy to his family.

  • So sorry for your loss. He was a very special person. Always had time to stop and visit when ever he saw you. He will be missed. I will keep the Poole family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • We did not really know Dr. Poole until he joined our car club. He attended many of our meetings, and we all enjoyed his stories. He was very well liked by all our members and we will miss him. Much sympathy to his families. Rest in Peace, Joe

  • Joe & Melissa and Mary & Joe,
    Your Dad is surly missed by all who knew him. He was such a wonderful man, doctor and friend. Dr. Poole was my family’s doctor for so many years. He continued to see me and my son on our summer vacations in Ohio. Prayers for comfort and hold your memories dear.


  • For 2 years (1970’s) Dr Poole instructed the Fredericktown EMS to become the first Paramedics in Knox Co.. He was always available to assist the squad. He was also a customer in my salon and we had such wonderful conversations while he got his hair cut! I have assisted Thelma when he was not available to delivered an Amish baby!
    He once said ” If I die early as a result of my loving to run… I will be really upset!”
    The Poole family and the multitudes of those who loved him… have suffered a great loss. Heaven has gained from our loss! Bless you and your family!

  • Ironically Linda Eshelman delivered my daughter in the EMS van on the way to the hospital. Dr. Poole was our physician..so in a way he delivered my daughter “by proxy”. What goes around comes around. Thanks, Doc. Will miss you.

  • To the Family of Dr. Poole I knew your father and worked with him at MVDC he was a very kind and caring man and will be greatly missed you are all in my prayers I will always have fond memories of him may God help you threw this difficult time the memories you have will become treasures. God Bless Connie Quick and Family

  • Dr. Poole’s Family, He was a great doctor and a dear friend. Our first child was
    only a few months old and needed her first shots, he was filling in for Dr. Lord on
    vacation. We did not have a family doctor, so by time for her next shots he was
    living in West Moundvale and we went to their house for them. He was our
    Doctor for as long as he practiced, delivering our next two children. Oh, I don’t
    know how we would of survived without him. My Sincere Sympathy for your loss.

  • So sorry for your loss. Dr. Poole was the first doctor I chose when I moved from KY. He delivered all my 4 children from 3 pregnancies. I asked him once during my 3rd pregnancy if I were having triplets. He replied, “You wouldn’t do that to us.” Well, we had twins instead, without knowing there were two. He continued to be our doctor after moving to Circleville. After he stopped having his practice, I said if I were to get pregnant again, he would have to deliver my baby. He just chuckled and said I would have to come to his home. I knew that would be ok with me. We even got to see him, and wave, as he rode his bike from Columbus to Portsmouth. He was a special person to help someone feel comfortable away from her family, and family doctor, in a new town. He is always the doctor I measure all other doctors by. He even invited me to have lunch with him and his wife, while waiting to see if a lump in my breast was cancerous. Just a special doctor. Thank you for sharing him with my family. May God give you peace, and surround you with His love.

  • To the entire family I offer my condolences. Dr. Poole was such a kind, caring and giving man. I had the privilege of working with him at MVDC and have not known a nicer and more caring Dr. I also wish to express my condolences for my dad: Fred Honneffer who was a close friend to Dr. Poole and was also employed with him at MVDC. I know Fred would be so very upset and would miss him terribly if he were well himself. Cling tight to God…. he is in a better place watching over us all.

  • Dr Poole was a wonderful doctor. He delivered both of my children and took great care of all of my family until his retirement. He was such a gentle kind man. My. condolrnses to the family.

  • Dr Poole was a kind and gentle man. My family went to Dr Lord and the transition to Dr Poole was an easy one. We followed Dr Poole to Mt Gilead for a short time. He was loved by many and will be missed. Karen Sherman & Family.

  • Our sympathy to your family. Dr. Poole was our family doctor until he retired. He was a caring and special person. He served this community well. Ray and Pat Davis

  • Heaven has a true angel! What a kind caring and dedicated person. He as a doctor was there to give me the blessings of my life. My children!! He cared for our family as if they were his too! Condolences to his family! What a great man.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your families during this difficult time. Doctor Poole was one of the best.

  • Love and prayers to the family! So sad to hear of Dr. Poole’s passing… What a life well lived in service and love. Our family was blessed by his care and friendship.

  • So very sorry for your loss. We have been neighbors for many years. He was such a kind and caring man. We sure miss seeing him around the neighborhood. Fredericktown lost a great member of the community.

  • My Condolences to the family. Dr Poole delivered my first born son he was the best doctor i have every know.

  • My heartfelt prayers and love go out to the family. I have always had so much respect for Dr Poole and his family. Joe, you always had time to chat with your friends when out and about. Thank you. You will be missed by many. R.I.P.

  • Ruth J. Poole Armstrong
    August 14, 2017 8:30 P. M.
    I was sad to hear of Dr. Joseph Poole’s death. He was a special Uncle. My mother was very fond of him. He was 10 yrs, older than me. He came to our house many times. He will be missed. I can’t say enough about him. He was the kindest man and humble. My heart goes out to Mary and all. Thelma was a dear Aunt. We will meet you in Heaven. What a day of rejoicing that will be, we will live together forever. Rest in Peace. You earned a rest. Love, Ruth .

  • Dr. Poole was one of the kindest, most caring and generous physicians I have ever known through out my nursing career. He will be missed by many patients, medical associates and people in every day life. Condolences to the family and friends.

  • Joe and Mary
    So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I always knew when I went to camp meeting that he would be there. He was such a kind and gentle man and was very loved. Maybe arms of God be your support as you grieve his loss.

    Linda Janetzko

  • Jr and Melissa – sorry for your loss. He as a great doctor and a great man and will be missed by many.