Ralph Almet Weir
April 24, 1923 ‒ December 11, 2018
Ralph Almet Weir died Tuesday, December 11, 2018 in his home, 1543 Marion- Edison Rd. surrounded by loving family and friends following an extended end of life slowing down.
He was born on April 24, 1923 to Sarah (Neal) and Loren Weir, longtime farmers in the Kirkpatrick area. During World War II his family farmed many acres of surrounding farms and for a time, Mr. Weir also lived in Dearborn Michigan building airplanes at a converted factory. After returning to the farm he married Wanda Barnhard (preceded in death) having raised a son Michael (preceded in death) two daughters Randa (Kenneth Palmer) and Cathy (John Graham White). He later married Lois Nanette McClaskey and gained sons Charles (Merilee) David (Karen), and daughters Samantha (Larry Gregg), Becky (Darrell McQueen), and Laura.
Ralph worked many years at the John Deer Implement Store on North Main St. in Marion as a mechanic. He also worked as a boiler operator at the Marion Coliseum for special events. Followed by a long employment at Tecumseh as a millwright, and then as a Maintenance Janitor for Marion City Schools, he retired to handyman-of-need to all. One of his passions was woodworking building toys and crafts for his family and friends. He also helped design and build many theater sets for community productions.
Ralph was in several different country bands throughout the years playing his upright base and later entertained at retirement centers. Prior to his slowing down due to age, he and his wife Nan liked to travel the country by car along with several cruises. Ralph was an active member of Crosswood United Methodist Church and cherished his time in the Marionairs Barber shop singing group.
He was preceded in death by parents, two brothers, a sister, a wife, a daughter, and a son and will be missed by his loving family including his wife Nan, combined family of two sons and five daughters, their spouses, 14 grandchildren, and 28 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren.
Visitation will be at Snyder Funeral Homes, Gunder/Hall Chapel, 347 West Center St. Marion, Ohio, on Friday from 4 until 7 pm. A funeral will be celebrated at Crosswood United Methodist Church, 1551 Richland Road, Marion, Ohio, on Saturday at 10:30 am. Pastor Jen Bass will officiate and burial will follow at Caledonia Cemetery.
Ralph’s family gives a hundred praises and thank yous with donations referred to Kindred Hospice of Marion and Crosswood United Methodist church.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Ralph’s family. Online condolences and memories may be expressed by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.