Lowell E. Ruhl

August 19, 1926 ‒ August 01, 2012

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Lowell E. “Dolly” Ruhl, age 85, of Mount Gilead, died peacefully Wednesday morning, August 1, 2012, at home on the family farm, following a brief illness.

On August 19, 1926, Lowell, the 2nd of eight children of Ira and Mabel Irene (Hildebrand) Ruhl was born on the family farm that has been in the family for nearly 100 years.

After graduating from Johnsville High School in the class of 1944, Lowell was drafted to serve in the US Army during World War II. He served as a military policeman while being stationed in France and Germany.

Upon his honorable discharge, Lowell returned home to Morrow County, where he fell in love with Phyllis Roshon, who lived on a neighboring farm. 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.

After driving truck for a few years, Lowell settled into farming near Edison, Ohio. He farmed approximately 500 acres of land and cared for livestock. He also did custom hay baling, making “thousands of bales of hay” for other farmers. He farmed this land for 18 years until his father’s death, when he bought the family farm near Johnsville, Ohio.

Lowell also worked for the Bollinger John Deere Implement dealership in Edison, which became Smith and Kramer Implement near Marion, Ohio. After retiring in 1990, he continued to farm and also drove Amish men to work sites.

A man of deep faith, Lowell was an active member of the Pleasant Grove Church of Christ, where he served as a trustee and Sunday School teacher. He also helped in many “silent ways” by helping with the behind the scenes duties such as mowing grass and plowing snow.

Learning the art of making maple syrup from his father at a young age, Lowell enjoyed making maple syrup for over 70 years. He also grew the “sweetest sweet corn” in Morrow County, which he generously gave to friends and family.

Lowell was an inspiration to the next generation of farmers. He enjoyed sharing the process of maple syrup making to younger people who would have not had the experience otherwise. School and university students from all over the world were visitors to the farm and syrup camp.

In 1962, Lowell had the misfortune of losing his hand in a corn picker, but due to strong will and determination, this “never slowed him down”. He used his innovative mind to find ways of getting around not having his hand, and “could actually do more with one hand than most could with two”. He visited 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 Cañon 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, Jeremiah Tucker and Jarred (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.

Memorial contributions may be made to Homecare Matters Home Hospice, 1220 N. Market St., Galion, OH 44833.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead is honored to have been chosen to serve Lowell’s family and your private condolences may be expressed to them online by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.