Ralph H. Hulit

March 26, 1922 ‒ June 08, 2015

Mansfield, Ohio

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


  • Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your father. Thoughts and prayers for your family during this sad time.

  • Larry and I did not know Ralph, but we certainly knew of him and his wonderful family. Our sincere condolences to all of you.

  • Saddened by your loss, heavens gain. I enjoyed reading the obituary. I knew he many irons in the fire, but that’s quite an impressive list of contribution to our community! Love and prayers for all!!!

  • ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.’ – Matthew -11:28

    You are all in our daily thoughts and prayers. Uncle Ralph will be missed and remembered by many. May God give you strength in this time of loss. You have our deepest condolences.

  • So sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I do remember him well from the few times I went to your home while we were in college. Like my mother who we lost in April, I’m confident that your fathers faith guided him each day, and as a result was also able to see his faith expanded through his children and grandchildren. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. -Glen-

  • I will miss seeing Ralph doing what he loved so much, being outside working. He was an inspiration to me to “keep on moving”. Osbun won’t be the same without him. My sincere condolences to family and friends.

  • Ralph will be missed. So sorry to hear of his passing. We will always have fond memories of him. God needed to have another good man with Him. Wish there was something to be said that would make this easier for the family. You will be in our prayers.
    Allene & Margaret Gramly

  • So sorry to hear about the loss of your father and Grandfather! We will keep you in our prayers during this difficult time.
    JD & Charlotte

  • Dear Hulit Family,
    I’m sorry to hear of your loss and you all are in our thoughts and prayers. Your parents did a wonderful job of rising great kids and grandkids. Job well done! Sorry we couldn’t attend I was having Angioplasty on Thursday. I’m doing well. You all will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • I just found out about Ralph’s passing. I’m very sorry. He was always a friendly and nice man. I hate that I didn’t know about the calling hours or funeral until today. I would have liked to express my condolences in person.

    • That’s so kind of you, Ron. Thank you. Dad was 93, still living on the farm he loved, and still sharp as a tack down to the very last minute. He was ill only a few days and then God called him home. We are so very blessed. Big hug – Carol

  • Just found out about Ralph’s passing today. So sorry to hear about such a great loss. My sincere condolences to all the family and friends, many thoughts and prayers for you all.