Robert Jay Rule

June 29, 1949 ‒ January 07, 2021

Pickerington, Ohio
Formerly of Fredericktown, Ohio

PICKERINGTON: The best fighter is not angry – he’s strong, he’s determined, he’s willing. Robert Rule was a fighter. No matter what life dealt him, Bob faced it with grit and a smile – he was so willing to do anything that was asked of him – always with his signature grin and an ability to make others laugh.

His battle is over as the Lord called Bob to himself Thursday, January 7, 2021 from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He was 71.

Born June 29, 1949 in Mount Vernon to parents Arnal Jay and Nellie Ruth (Stewart) Rule, Bob graduated from Fredericktown High School in 1968 and immediately served four years with the U.S. Army.

Following his stint in the Army, he worked with the Ohio Brass Company in Mansfield before accepting a position with Rural Farm Distributors as a chemical distributor. His job with Kokosing Construction was cut short when the needs of family came first. In 1989 he became a full-time “phenomenal caregiver” to his daughter.

Bob was a member of Peace United Methodist Church in Pickerington,and enjoyed annual fishing trips to Chapleau, Ontario, Canada. A Fredericktown resident most of his life, he had lived in Pickerington the past five years.

He is survived by his wife Mary (Cook) Rule, whom he married  July 30, 1983; their children Amanda (Matthew) Sharp of Pickerington, Ashley Rule of Pickerington, and Adam (Mandy) Rule of Wichita, KS; grandchildren Logan Sharp, Kamryn Sharp, Keagan Rule, and Kaiden Rule; his sister-in-law  Sara (Bob) Riedle  Carrollton, TX, brother-in-law Jerry (Evea Jo) Cook of Fredericktown; a sister-in-law Carolyn Fergus of Fredericktown; a cousin Ron Stewart of Winter Haven, FL; a cousin Sue Foster of Mobile, AL; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The Rule family will receive guests Saturday, January 16, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in First Baptist Church, 22 East Sandusky Street, Fredericktown. Face coverings are requested, and building occupancy limits may extend wait times. His memorial service will follow at 11 a.m., led by his brother-in-law the Rev. Robert Riedle. Knox County Veterans Council will provide military honors and interment will follow in Forest Cemetery, Fredericktown. Snyder Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory to Unverferth House (190 King Avenue  #D, Columbus, Ohio 43201) or LifeLine of Ohio (770 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212) may be made at the service.

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  • Praying for comfort and peace for the Rule family. May Bob celebrate in the presence of the Lord. Mary, I am saddened by this news, but know Bob is free from any ailment, pain or discomfort. He is home….. Hugs….

  • Mary, I am so very sorry for your loss. I am remembering all of the good times we had in the Fredericktown trailer park. When Bob and Mike Spencer got together sometimes Iwould laugh so hard my sides hurt. I am so very glad that you have many many years of laughs and memoirs that will last forever. I am also glad that you have family and great friends to help you through the days ahead!!

  • Mary and family- may your hearts be filled with unconditional love as you go through this time of grievance. He had the greatest smile and always made me laugh. I hope you find acceptance of his passing soon, so your hearts can start mending. I bet my mama and Bob are up there laughing together ❤
    God love you all.

  • What a courageous, kind and positive force Bob was for those who knew him! I’m relieved that he is free from pain and all earthly suffering now, but know his family and close friends will miss him dearly.
    My love and prayers for the whole extended Rule family. All of you have been an inspiration to many, as you have navigated adversity with strength and grace. I’m sure you will carry on and continue to thrive!

  • Mary and family- So very sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. All of you have our deepest sympathy and you will be in our prayers.

    Elaine Hillier and Cheryl White

  • Mary, I pray Jesus continue to comfort you. There are many memories with you that bring me a smile on my face and warmth in my heart. Know you are loved and prayed for!!!

  • Mary, I’m sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. My heart aches for you. My God’s love and the promise of the resurrection give you comfort and peace in the days ahead. Hugs and prayers my friend

  • Mary and family , we are do so sorry for your loss .,I know all of you have been thru so much h over the years. You have always come out stronger.many prayers for all during your time of healing . May God bless you and keep you . Amen

  • Dear Mary and Family, Bob certainly fought a valiant fight, with his family and friends there for encouragement. He will be missed, but will be at peace now. We are sending you all, our deepest sympathy and friendship. Sincerely, Susan and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • To The Bob Ruhl Family,

    I extend my deepest sympathy to all the family. May you find comfort and peace in the upcoming days thru our God. He is a caring and loving God.

  • Mary and family….The video tribute is really great. I have known RJ since we were very small and throughout the years he has had many struggles. Your marriage and your building a family together brought him peace and joy. May you find comfort knowing that he is finally at rest. Keeping you and yours in my thoughts and in my prayers.

  • So very sorry for your loss….Bob was like a big brother to me and his loss is deeply mourned by the Spencer family. Praying for your peace and comfort.

  • Mary, I am so sorry for your loss. I will cherish my memories of our card nights, and all the fun we had over the years. Bob will be missed. Dave and I want you to know if you need anything just ask. Prayers for comfort to you and your family. Miss you all.

  • So sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I went to fredericktown school with bob. My brother bill played all the sports with him and had lots of good times.

  • Mary and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you at the loss of Bob.
    Peace to all of you.
    Dan & Janet Burden

  • Mary and family- My sincerest condolences to you and yours over Bob’s passing. Many good memories over the years with Bob as a coworker, roommate, landlord, but most of all a friend. All the ping pong, poker games, and miscellaneous adventures. He was a good provider, and a good man. Hoping you can hold your fondest memories close to help you make it through this sad time. Rest in Peace, Robert.

  • Mary, my heart aches with your loss! Lifting you up before the throne of grace!! Bless you and may God bless during this hard time.

  • Mary and family:
    So sorry to hear about Bob. We have missed seeing all you for the past few years but we have alot of good memories.Bob will be missed .
    Skip and Bev. Edwards

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