Ralph L. Cottrill

August 04, 1923 ‒ February 10, 2018

Sunbury, Ohio

Ralph L. Cottrill, age 94, of Sunbury died Saturday, February 10, 2018 at The Inn at Olentangy Trail in Delaware.

He was born on August 4, 1923 in Jeffersonville, Ohio, the son of the late Roy F. and Clara Mae (French) Cottrill.

After graduating from high school, Ralph worked at NCR in Dayton before being drafted into the United States Army.  While in the Army he worked in the Finance Corps, stationed in Europe during WWII.  Once honorably discharged, he enrolled at The Ohio State University where he earned his degree in finance and accounting.

Ralph worked many years for the U.S. Army Audit Agency, but ultimately retired from the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

For many years he had huge gardens, and many in Sunbury will remember him as “the walking man.” He once calculated that he had walked in excess of 15,0000 miles over the roads of Kingston Township.

Ralph was extremely active in the Big Walnut and Olentangy Seniors organizations where he made many valued friends. Ralph also spent several years delivering meals to shut-ins and driving cancer patients to their medical appointments.

He will be missed by his children David (Gilda) Cottrill of Worthington, the Rev. Leslie (Joe Cook) Lippert of Yellow Springs, and Hope Ann Ingalls of Howard, Ohio; and grandchildren Zachary Lippert of Denver, Colorado, and Tara Ann Williamson of Mount Vernon.

In addition to his parents Ralph was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Eileen (Neiswander), his sister Janice Jones, and brothers Kenneth and Paul Cottrill.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 North State Route 61, Sunbury, Ohio 43074.  The Rev. Susan Kyser officiating. Burial to follow at Cheshire Cemetery in Delaware.  Friends may call on the family one hour prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Capital City Hospice, 1650 Watermark Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve Mr. Cottrill’s family.

Special memories and condolences can be expressed to them at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

    • Thank you so much Jerry! You were all such good friends to him. He loved being one of the “Cool Kids!”

    • Thank you Jerry! Whether you were the ‘Cool Kids’, or more recently the members of ‘The Round Table’, you were valued and appreciated as wonderful friends.

  • I am sure Uncle Ralph will be missed by many. He enjoyed his family and friends annually with a reunion at his home in Sunberry.

  • Our condolences go out to our cousins and their families.. You are in our thoughts and prayers.. John Diana Boyhan and family…

  • God Bless/RIP. A heartfelt Thank YOU,Ralph for your service in WWII. The USA would NOT be as it is today. Serving in The United States Army,Finance Corps in Europe. YOU are “ONE OF” The Greatest Generation… And Semper Fi…. Soldier.

  • Dear David, Gilda, Leslie and Hope Ann
    Please know you will be in our thoughts and prayers at
    this sad time of Ralph’s passing.
    Bob and Peggy Lorain