Ralph F. Shira

February 07, 1930 ‒ September 09, 2020

Fredericktown, Ohio

Ralph F. Shira, age 90, of Fredericktown, Ohio, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family.  He was born on February 7, 1930 in Fredericktown, Ohio the son of Royal and Velma (Fletcher) Shira.

Ralph proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict from 1951 to 1953 and then served 2 years in the Army Reserves being honorably discharged as a Sargent in 1955.  In 1958 Ralph took a job with the Columbia Gas Company where he retired in 1991 after 33 years of employment.

He was a member of Mount Vernon Baptist Temple, former member of the Lions Club and the Gas Co. Retirement Club.  Family was always first, but in his free time Ralph enjoyed camping, golfing, gardening, and hunting mushrooms.  Although he worked many years for the gas company, his true passion was farming, a family trait.

He is survived by his wife, Doris (Phillips) Shira, whom he married on August 14, 1954; children, Deanna (Dallas) Tackett and Rendell (Jana) Shira; grandson, Brian Coleman; great grandson, Levi Shira; a brother, Dean (Linda) Shira; sister, Janet (Wayland) Stricker and a sister-in-law, Phyllis Shira.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by two granddaughters, Lindsy Coleman and Karri Shira; a great grandson, Gannon Shira; four brothers, Wayne Shira, Gerald Shira, Don Shira and Roger Shira; four sisters, Jeanne Lightner, Adah Carrothers, Joyce Crawford and Kathleen Wickenreider.

Friends may call on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Fredericktown United Methodist Church, 123 Columbus Road, Fredericktown, Ohio 43019 where a funeral service will be held on Monday beginning at 11 a.m. where friends may call one hour prior.  Pastor Kris Brandenburg and Pastor William Fennell will be officiating.  Military honors will be provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council.  A private burial in Forest Cemetery will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions in Ralph’s name may be made to Hospice of Knox County or Mount Vernon Baptist Temple.

To share a memory or leave a condolence for the family, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

The Snyder Funeral Home of Fredericktown is honored to serve the family of Ralph F. Shira.


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  • We are so sorry to hear of Ralph’s passing. He was always such a sweet man, and someone we enjoyed knowing for so many years through church (1st Baptist, Fredericktown, years ago), town and family events (fun picnics at your farm!). The entire Shira family was a favorite of my parents (Pat and Marvin McQuigg), myself and my siblings. We were blessed to know Ralph and each of you, and mourn his passing with you. Much love and sympathy for your loss.

  • Doris and Family Wendy and I are so sorry for your loss.We will be praying for your family.What a awesome inspirational marriage story you lived.We sure love you guys and Ralph will be missed dearly.

  • As cousins, Ralph and I are part of the third generation of Shira’s after Anna and William. Their family of 12 was led by the oldest, Ralph’s father Royal. As a teen I helped on Royal’s family occasionally. My memory of a Ralph will always be his smile and sense of humor. My condolences to Doris and the remaining brothers and sisters. God bless!

  • Though I did not know Ralph, I know a bit about him as I have seen his amazing legacy in his family. I pray that the God of all comfort be near and that you will find comfort and joy in your memories. Keeping you all close in prayer.

  • Though I did not know Ralph, I know a bit about him as I have seen his amazing legacy in his family. I pray that the God of all comfort be near and that you will find comfort and joy in your memories. Keeping you all close in prayer.

  • We will always cherish the wonderful times with my special uncle Ralph, his laugh, his pranks, his complete devotion to family and faith, and most of all the amazing man he was. We will never forget you. God has taken you away, but not from our hearts. You always had a halo surrounding you and you were a second father to me. With love, Michael Mauhl and Martha Shira-Mauhl

  • So sorry to hear that a wonderful man has passed!!
    Will miss his great smile !!
    Rest In Peace
    Heaven’s gain but our loss !!

  • Many childhood memories of staying with Deanna and the Shira family. My heart aches with yours. Hold tight to your memories. He was a dear, sweet man. Sending love, hugs and prayers. ~ Cheryl

  • Sincere sympathy to the Shira family. It was a pleasure to know Ralph & be around him, always smiling & having fun. You have many memories to cherish!
    Dan & Gert Hines

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with Doris, Deanna, Rendall and the whole Shira family. We have fond memories of Ralph from our many years knowing him from church and parents Sunday School class. Ralph was a great father, hard worker, and wonderful husband. May your memories bring comfort as you share this time with all who knew Ralph. Hugs to all,
    Rich and Janet (Letts) Hiles

  • May God keep you in His tender care and give you comfort. We are so sorry to hear of Ralph’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Ralph & Judy Revennaugh

  • Our prayers are with the family. Have so many memories of Mom’s family and Fredericktown. Uncle Ralph and Aunt Doris were always so nice to our family on our many visits.

  • Pam Wilson and the Wilson family. Doris,Deanna and Rendall, at the 1st Baptist Church in Fredericktown we had such a great time with the McQuigg, Wilson and Shira families. Growing up with Ralph and all of you. Memories is such a great gift from God. So on this day we remember all the fun and great times and remember Ralph for his sweet personally and being soooo ornery. So our family to yours we hold u in our thoughts and prayers and know God holds him. Love to all of you.

  • We’re so sorry for your loss. Ralph was such a nice person. We miss him driving past our home, waving on his way to the farm. Our prayers are with your family.

  • doris and family so sorry to hear about Ralph Please call if you need anything.Have many memories of growing up living across the creek and after you and Ralph were married. Prayers for you and the family.

  • So sorry about Ralph.But he is home safe. We remember all the good times we had camping and parties, etc, Good friends are a treasure. God Bless all of you and keep you in His care. much love to all of you.
    Mary BraddockMary

  • Doris, Deanna, Rendall and families, thinking of you and praying for comfort. He will be greatly missed, but his legacy will remain forever! He was such a great man.

  • Sincere sympathy to the Shira family from the Hess family, at the loss of Ralph. We pray for God’s peace and comfort for all at this time.

  • Your family has lost a very much loved one. He was fun to be around and we always enjoyed the camping outings at the farm and church get togethers..

  • “The Lord will hear your crying, and he will comfort you. When He hears you, He will help you.” Isaiah 30:19
    “The Christian life is difficult – and emotional. It was for Jesus’ disciples also. Jesus knew His death would be the most emotional moment of their lives. So just before Jesus gave His life on the cross, He sat down with them, explained that He would be leaving, and promised that He would send another “Comforter,” the Holy Spirit. He has placed His Comforter inside of you. He hears every cry.”
    “Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” Romans 15:4

  • My deepest sympathy to each of Ralph’s family. His smile was contagious! My God comfort each of you. Hugs & prayers. Vivian Hill

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. Doris thank you for asking about me at this time. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Sending my deepest condolences to Doris, Deanna, Rendall and their families. It was impossible not to smile when Ralph was present. I’ll bet he is still smiling.

  • To the Shira family,

    My deepest sympathy for your loss. Ralph was one of the hardest working individuals I’ve ever known. He was quick with a joke and loved life.

    Godspeed to all of you.

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