Ralph L. Strait

June 25, 1936 ‒ November 18, 2019

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Ralph L. Strait, age 83, of Mount Vernon passed away on Monday, November 18, 2019 at his home surrounded by family and friends.

He was born on June 25, 1936 in Gahanna, Ohio to the late Elmer and Geneva (Risk) Strait.  Ralph was a Veteran serving in the United States Army.  He worked for a few years at United Telephone Company as an installer and repairman.  He later started his own business, Strait’s Farm Equipment, where he bought and sold farm equipment for over 30 years. Ralph was a member of the Brandon Baptist Church. He enjoyed going to auctions of all kinds and the time he spent with his customers and friends.  But most of all, Ralph loved the time he shared with his family.

He is survived by his wife, of over 62 years, Carolyn (Higgins) Strait; his son Keith (Patty) Strait; his grandchildren Courtney (Greg) Deckling, Shane (Desirae) Strait, Alex Strait; his great-grandchildren Emmett Deckling, Aria Strait; and his very close friends, Leda (Bart) Walker, Ken (Julia) Longshore, Mary Spearman and many others.

In additions to his parents, Ralph was preceded in death by his brother Paul Strait.

Friends may call on Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 4-7PM at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home.  A service will be held on Friday, beginning at 11AM, with Pastor Marvin Haught officiating.  Burial will follow in Brandon Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Rd., Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.

The family would like to thank Jennifer Tucker from Hospice of Knox County for her wonderful care and compassion.

To send the family a condolence online visit: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Ralph L. Strait.

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  • Our deepest condolences go out to Ralph’s family. We have been acquainted for such a long time. Our continued prayers will be with you. The DeWitt family.

  • SO SO SORRY. Ralph was such a great man. Loved to talk to him.Will surely be missed. Will keep you all in my prayers. Bob Harrod

  • So very sorry for your loss, Ralph was such a nice man, I will miss not seeing him at auctions. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • So sorry to hear about your loss. Ralph was a great person so willing to help others and a all around wonderful person. And will be missed by us .Love and prayers to Carolyn and family. Larry,Cindy,and Mary

  • So sorry to hear of Ralph’s passing….wonderful memories of a life well lived…I’m sure dad will be there at the pearly gates to greet him, they’ve got a lot of catching up to do! Such a strong friendship between mom and dad and Ralph and Carolyn ♥️
    Like mom and dad, Ralph and Carolyn were a hell of a team….until we meet up later, Rest In Peace “Babe”♥️♥️

  • We express our deepest sympathy to all the Strait Family. Ralph over the years has spent numerous hours at Farm Auctions and had a deep love for the auction business. He knew equipment and had a real feel of buying and selling and making a good deal. He consigned and purchased a lot of equipment over the years at our many consignment sales and Auctions. We always enjoyed his comments and knowledge of farm equipment . Come sale time we will miss seeing him in the auction crowd. He will be missed. Again Our best regards, Peak Auction Service. Dwain and Connie Peak, Ronnie and Shelley Williams, Bill and Ruth Creswell, Brandon Strain and the Auction Staff.

  • Sorry to hear of Ralph’s passing. I always enjoyed talking to him at auctions. Will miss that a lot. May God give you comfort in this trying time.

  • Carolyn-Sorry for your loss. I always looked for you two at R&M (Southside) for breakfast. I know you have lost your best friend. All is not lost in the passing–something remains— great memories, great times are golden pages to read again and again. Jill, your Laurels friend. *Potato, Potato, Potato

  • We had a great friend in Ralph and he was always there to help anyone who ever had a need. We enjoyed his laugh and helping us with wood and hedge apples and would bring us boxes of them. He and Carolyn were faithful members at Brandon Baptist Church and greeted everyone with a smile over the years. We pray Carolyn will find comfort in all her friends at the church. God bless all of you for sharing your Ralph with the rest of us.

  • Aunt Carolyn, Mike and Keith,
    County Living has lost a great friend!
    The Longshore family would like to say:
    Thanks so much ,for all the good times!!!
    Your beautiful smile that unmistakable voice…shooting the breeze.
    Thank you for driving– always. Taking me to so many yard sales, flea markets,
    and farm sales. Surely my love for junk has been a blessing passed down.
    And for that…. I thank you, Peggy Key West FL.

  • Keith and Family

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We always enjoyed our auction visits with ;you father. He was such a joy to be around.

    Ned & Judy Brokaw