Ralph Almet Weir

April 24, 1923 ‒ December 11, 2018

Marion, Ohio

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.

  • My symphony and prayers go out to my two nieces, Randa Palmer, and Cathy White,Ralph’s two daughters and families.Also sending prayers to Nan’s and her family. I have many memories of him in his younger days,,,,,,

  • Sorry for your loss. I only knew him through his daughter Laura, who had nothing
    but wonderful things to say about him. She will surely miss him.

  • I want to give my condolences to the family, Ralph was the sweetest patient that I have had the honor to care for. God bless the whole family, My prayers for Nan, Samantha & Randa and the many other family members.

  • So sorry , Nan, for your loss. Ralph wAs a fine man
    and the best maintenance man that Harding High School ever had. I really enjoyed our relationship
    At school.

    Vaughn Williams
    Sarasota, Florida

  • Nan and family, I’m so sorry for your loss of Ralph. He was a very sweet, quiet, talented man! I knew him when he played the bass in the bands! I was sad when he had to quit because he couldnt handle carrying that big bass anymore. Thanks for all you’ve both done for our Marion Music Club! Lee Ann Derugen

  • Aunt Nan, so extremely sorry for your lost. You two had many, many, many wonderful years together. You each were so blessed. I know Uncle Ralph is happy where he is now.
    Tremendous love, Janet Kay Weir (Edwin Weir’s daughter)

  • Dear Nan and family
    I am so sorry for your loss. The Lyles family is lifting you all up in prayer. Ralph was an amazing man and I feel extremely blessed to have known him over the past 20 years and even more blessed for the great grandfather he was to James and Rebekah. He always knew how to put a smile on thier faces and they always wanted him to speak Donald Duck to them. The kids and I hate that we weren’t able to be there and we want all of you to know we love you all. In these times there is a verse of scripture that gives me peace and joy and I hope me sharing this will give you some of the same.
    “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”
    ‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭4:7-8‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    Love Stephen , Rebekah and James Lyles

  • Please accept my sincere condolences. May you find much comfort in the resurrection hope. God always keeps His promises. John 5:28-29, Psalms 37:9-11, Titus 1:2, Psalms 83:18

  • Those of us who worked on the second floor of Harding (at the old building) really appreciated the work that Ralph did for us! He was professional, friendly, helpful and just a really nice guy! I’m sure his family will miss him greatly! Sorry to hear of his passing away.
    Sandra Novatny