Ralph C. Healea

September 12, 1920 ‒ November 01, 2006

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Ralph C. Healea, 86, of Mount Gilead, Ohio died late Wednesday night November 1, 2006 at the Morrow County Hospital.

He was a lifelong Morrow County resident, where he was born near Fulton on September 12, 1920, the son of the late Charles and Nora (Beheler) Healea. Ralph graduated from Chesterville High School in 1938. He later enlisted in the Army Air Force during World War II, serving in Normandy, Northern France, and the Ardennes receiving six bronze stars as a sergeant. Ralph owned and operated the Mount Gilead Gulf Station in Mount Gilead from 1951-1986 with his partner Bub Williams. Ralph was on the Morrow County Fair Board for 21 years and was a member of the V.F.W. Post #8054.

You could often see Ralph tending the flowers at the front gate of the fairgrounds, which seemed natural as his home was actually on the grounds. Ralph’s favorite activity was harness racing. Dating back to his childhood when the county fair had mule races. His dad raised mules and he and a friend secretly entered themselves in the race and won $26. Ralph also spent weekday mornings at McDonald’s drinking coffee with his friends discussing various topics. He was very proud of Morrow County, both as a businessman and resident; enjoying all of the people he came in contact with through the years. Ralph was known for his great sense of humor which he carried with him right until the end.

He is survived by a son David Healea of Brooksville, Florida, four grandchildren Laurie, Jackie, Doug & Michael, several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, a sister Grace (William) Cleland of Lexington, Ohio, a niece and nephews, Kimberly (Steve) Dilsaver of Mount Gilead, Ohio, Allen (Sue) Cleland of Lexington, Ohio and Brent (Jolene) Healea of Johnsville, Ohio, and Roberta Christopher; a long time friend and companion.

He was preceded in death by his wife Nary (Edwards) Healea on October 5, 1984, a son Jim Healea and his wife Nancy, and his brother Linn Healea.

Funeral services will be held on Monday November 6, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at the Snyder Funeral Home, 76 South Main Street, Mount Gilead with Pastor John Partridge officiating. Burial will follow in Rivercliff Cemetery. Friends may call on the family from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service on Monday.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Morrow County Fair Board.

Online condolences can be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.