Ralph E. Wilt

January 23, 1937 ‒ January 06, 2021

Fredericktown, Ohio

FREDERICKTOWN: A sense of humor, his GTO drag racer, and his sagging pants were high points for Ralph Wilt. He rapped and danced to the Bruno Mars hit “Just the Way You Are” and claims to have initiated the sagging pants trend.

Ralph Wilt passed away Wednesday morning January 6, 2021 in his rural Morrow County home, with his devoted granddaughter Kayleigh at his side. He was 83.

Born January 23, 1937 in Mansfield to parents Jacob and Letha (Walters) Wilt, he attended Bellville Schools.

On September 3, 1955 he married Mary Carol Sue Shaffer, and they were blessed with two daughters. She preceded him in death on August 17, 1984.

Ralph retired from AK Steel, where he worked in production more than 30 years.

Usually caught with a wad of Redman in his cheek, Ralph enjoyed car shows, playing BINGO, and watching OSU football, the Cleveland Browns and the Cleveland Indians. He liked mowing his property and eagerly supported his granddaughter’s softball career, and all of his grandchildren’s and great grandchildren’s sporting activities.

For more than ten years, Ralph raced his GTO at area raceways, notably Norwalk Raceway and Pacemakers in Mount Vernon.

He is survived by his daughter Loretta (Jack) Shelton of Mansfield; granddaughter Kayleigh Wilt; grandsons Gary (Megan) Shelton and Ralph Shelton; great grandchildren Kearia (Michael) Meade, Kazmine Shelton, Cheyenne Shelton, Tosha Shelton, Cory Shelton and Jacob Shelton; great great grandchildren Isabella, Lane, Maddie, Weston, Raelynn, and Grayson; his bulldog companion Stella; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, Ralph was preceded in death by his daughter Glenna on May 1, 2018. Also deceased are brothers Richard Wilt, Marvin Wilt and Marlin Wilt; and sisters Margaret Au and Mary Wilt.

The Wilt family will receive friends Monday, January 11, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. Face coverings will be required, and occupancy limits may increase wait times. His funeral service will be held Monday, January 11, 2021 at 12 p.m. in the funeral home, officiated by Pastor Tony Pingitore. Burial will follow in North Fork Cemetery.

Contributions in his memory to Snyder Funeral Home for final expenses may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Wilt family. Share a message of support – and watch Ralph’s tribute video – online at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com


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  • So sorry for your loss Kayleigh. Your grandpa was awesome and so sweet. He always had something funny to say. Again so sorry for your loss
    The Scheiber Family

  • Sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy to the family. Not sure if this family could be some of my relation. My grandfather was Frank David Wilt and he lived in the Westfield community between Cardington and Waldo. His father was George Jacob Wilt. Linda Sue (Wilt) Ullom in Cardington.

  • Loretta and Family and Kayleigh, so so sorry for your loss. Ralph was an awesome man. I know he is in the loving arms of Jesus, and both of your Mothers. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Rest high Uncle Ralph my prayers and condolences goes out to You Kayleigh I have so many memories with uncle Ralph he surely is going to be missed. Just know he is and will always be looking down on you with his big wad of Big Red chew in the side of his cheek 💔💔

  • We are so sorry to hear about Ralph. Kayleigh, you are in our thoughts and prayers. He was a great man and he loved you very much.

  • So sorry to hear this Kayleigh and Loretta. I have such fond memories of him and his love for everyone. Just so easy going and a sense of humor. I’ve never seen in anyone else (other than Glenna of course). I’m sure Corey Fix met him with open arms and have already been reminiscing about Ralph taking him to his first Cleveland Indians game.
    Sending love to you all in this time,

  • Kayleigh I am so sorry to hear about your grandpa. I know how much he meant to you. I watched the video and you could tell that he definitely had a sense of humor. Big hugs and prayers for you during this hard time.

  • Dear Loretta, so sorry to hear about your dad. Even though we did not know him, we know you and want to send our sympathy to you and your family.
    Gary and Naspa Stevens from Palmyra church.

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