Ralph E. Wilt
January 23, 1937 ‒ January 06, 2021
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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