Ralph H. Hulit
March 26, 1922 ‒ June 08, 2015
Faith. Family. Farming. By definition, Ralph H. Hulit was an eternal optimist: he was a farmer! Operating his own farm nearly all of his life, Ralph “shook hands with nature” in a contract that the seeds sown in springtime would reap a harvest of bounty.
Ralph passed into the Lord’s presence Monday, June 8, 2015 from OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus surrounded by most of his family. He was 93.
Born March 26, 1922 in Mansfield, to Henry and Ethel (Hagerman) Hulit, Ralph was graduated from Madison High School in1939.
A member of the Richland County Farm Bureau, he served as board president and secretary several terms, and was on the State Board for twelve years. Ralph served on the State Farm County Youth Board and the Richland County Fair Board during the time the current fairgrounds were built. He was also involved with the FSA County Committee, Richland Rural Life Center Board, the Fun Center Chordsmen, and served as a 4-H Advisor. A Weller Township trustee for 16 years, he served on the Franklin Cemetery board for over thirty years.
In addition to farming, Ralph worked with the US Postal Service as a substitute letter carrier.
A member of Oakland Lutheran Church more than 60 years, Ralph served the congregation as treasurer for many years, taught Sunday school, sang in the choir and served on church council.
Ralph enjoyed watching the Cleveland Indians, bowling, and being a talented woodworker who crafted custom pieces of furniture from lumber. He cherished a family he helped create who would respect and embody his values of Faith, Family and Farming. They include his children Dale & Pam Hulit of Mansfield, Diane & John Marks of Zanesville, Mary Ellen & James Lawrentz of Mansfield and Carol & Mark Larson of Pittsburgh, PA; nine grandchildren; six great grandchildren; brothers Harold “Hal” & June Hulit of Wooster and Kenneth“Ken” & Patty Hulit of Myrtle Beach, SC, sister-in-law Dolores Hulit of Mansfield; numerous nieces and nephews, and a special friend Virginia Palmer.
He was preceded in death by his first wife Marilyn (Pugh) Hulit, his second wife Mary Lee Gibson Hulit; brother Russell Hulit and sister Dorothy “Dot” Wilging.
The Hulit family will receive friends Thursday, June 11, 2015 from 3 to 8 p.m. in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. Visiting continues Friday 9 to 11 a.m. in the funeral home where his funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. The Rev. Paul Lintern will officiate. Burial will follow in Franklin Cemetery.
Contributions in his memory to Oakland Lutheran Church and the Richland Rural Life Center may be made at the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Hulit family. Send them a message of support, and watch Ralph’s tribute video at: SnyderFunealHomes.com