Ruth J. Belcher

February 26, 1940 ‒ April 22, 2020

Delaware, Ohio

Ruth J. Belcher, age 80, of Delaware, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family on April 22, 2020, after a courageous battle with cancer. Ruth was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt, as well as a loving friend to many.

Ruth was born on February 26, 1940, in Harman, Virginia, to Richard Dolphus and Ida Mae (Owens) Blankenship. She graduated from Grundy High School in Grundy, Virginia, in 1960 and married Douglas Belcher of Grundy on June 4, 1960. Doug and Ruth settled in Delaware in 1960, where they raised a son, Kenny, and a daughter, Lorrie.

Ruth worked for Ranco Manufacturing for 25 years, retiring in 1992. She cared for children in her home until she started working for Delaware City Schools in 1997 as a cafeteria worker. Ruth worked for the school system for 10 years and was lovingly known as “Miss Ruth” by students at Willis Intermediate School and Woodward Elementary School.
Ruth was known for her warmth and kindness and her devotion to serving others. She loved being in her kitchen, creating wonderful meals and desserts for her family and her church family. She was a strong woman of faith and was a member of the Delaware Church of Christ. Above all, Ruth gained the most pride and joy from spending time with her family.

Survivors include her loving husband of 59 years, Doug; daughter, Lorrie Oiler of Newark, Ohio; grandson, Adam (Sheena) Staley of Newark, Ohio; sister, Susie (Charlie) Coleman of Abingdon, Virginia; brother, Paul Blankenship of Bristol, Virginia; sister-in-law, Phyllis Stevens of Delaware; and brothers-in-law, Gene Belcher and Louit “Buz” Owens of Grundy, Virginia. Ruth is also survived by nieces, Jean (Craig) Stover of Delaware and Melissa Kirby of Painesville, Ohio, whose support helped sustain the family. Many other nieces and nephews are among Ruth’s surviving relatives.

In addition to her parents, Ruth is preceded in death by her beloved son, Kenny, who passed away in 2019. She was recently preceded in death by her loving sister-in-law Mary Kay Owens of Grundy, Virginia, who passed away in February of 2020. Ruth was also preceded in death by four sisters and two brothers.

A service honoring and celebrating Ruth’s life will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 1:00 pm at Delaware Church of Christ, 71 St. Rte. 203, Delaware, OH.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Ruth’s name to Delaware Church of Christ, 71 St. Rte. 203, Delaware, Ohio 43015.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware is honored to serve the Belcher family.

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  • Doug, Lorrie & family:
    My thoughts and prayers will be with all of you. I am sorry Ruth had to be so sick. I loved her and loved to play cards with her. I have so many good memories of our
    games. Please know that I’m thinking about all of you. LOVE, Pam

  • Doug, Lorrie & Family
    I’m so sorry for the loss of your wife and Mother. Praying for Prace and Comfort from God and your family and friends to help you during this difficult time.

  • Lorrie, all my love to you and your father. Your mom was a beautiful lady inside and out! I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers during this time and will rejoice that your mom is no longer suffering and is in the arms of our savior Jesus Christ and reunited in heaven with your brother.

    Love, Hugs, and Kisses…

    Nancy Fenneman

  • Dearest Doug and Lorrie – I’m so sorry to hear of Ruth’s passing. I loved her dearly and will miss her so much. She was a beautiful friend and sister! I am so thankful to have had her in my life. I will miss her hugs and beautiful smile. Until we meet again, sweet lady.

  • Memories of Aunt Ruth
    She loved to brush my hair.
    Troy Road homestead with little Kenny and Lorrie
    Lived behind my Mom and Dad on Bunny Station
    She didn’t get mad at me when her home burned
    Lemon Cake
    Care packages to BGSU
    Watching her with Grandma Belcher in the Grundy kitchen
    You could tell her anything and she never judged
    She loved children so much
    Shopping the day after Christmas
    She was there for Jeanie and I whenever
    She religiously visited my mom with thoughtful gifts of food and the Grundy Mountaineer Newspaper
    Doug lovingly telling me about his first date
    The 50th wedding anniversary picnic
    Cranked up music ….. Loretta and Patsy – country music all the way sprinkled in with spiritual hymns here and there.
    Coal Miners daughter through and through, hard working real as they get.
    The fierceness of her love for her family….don’t mess with Lorrie or Kenny and funny I remember her singing loudly … ain’t woman enough to take my man. Ha!

  • My heart goes out to all of you. Aunt Jeannette was a beautiful woman, both inside and out,with a sweet spirit that lives on in the heart of those who love her. May you be comforted by her memory.

  • Doug & Lorrie, I am so sorry to lose my Aunt Jeanette and all my love, prayers, and hugs are coming your way. I so wish I could have gotten to say goodbye. She was my lifeline to love. I will miss my phone calls and hearing her kind and loving voice. She was one of a kind, all loving and all forgiving. She gave me hope and kindness when I had none. We love you both.

    Debbie & Jim Dacey

  • Lorrie and Doug you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I have so many memories with your family. I love you all. May peace and comfort be with you.

  • Lorrie you and your father are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I understand the pain you are in because I lost my mother to cancer. The only thing that helped me get through was knowing she was no longer suffering. I know nothing I say can help much, but you were always a strong young lady and I’m sure you will find the strength to make it. I will always remember your mother’s smile. The times I would see her in Walmart I would ask about you and she always had time to tell me how you were doing. I could tell how much she loved you by the smile on her face. She was so friendly. I am so thankful to have know your mom.

  • So sorry to hear of our aunt Jeannette. I had not seen you in person for a long time. The Lord brought us together during a funeral but I am thankful to have seen you one more time. You remind me of Grandmaw Ida so much. To your sweet grown children I hope and pray for comfort during the years to come. A mother’s love is to be treasured. I lost my mother at a young age and the longing never leaves you. I will keep you in my prayers. Love you all Jennifer Blankenship Osborne