Steve D. Ruhl
August 16, 1954 ‒ October 01, 2007
Mount Gilead, Ohio
Steve D. Ruhl, age 53, of Mount Gilead, died unexpectedly on Monday, October 1, 2007.
He was born in Galion, on August 16, 1954, the son of Arbutus “Boots” McCallister Ruhl of Mount Gilead and the late Gerald Dean Ruhl. Steve was a graduate of Northmor High School in the Class of 1972, and his picture can still be seen adorned on the walls within the high school for his achievements in football as he was named to the 1st Team All Ohio.
During his time at Northmor, he met his high school sweetheart, Deb Manring Ruhl, whom he married on June 14, 1975 at the Pleasant Grove Church of Christ, and shared 32 wonderful years with.
After receiving his master’s degree in Agricultural Education, Steve began his working career as a vocational agriculture teacher in Northmor High School, where he was also an assistant football coach. Later, he became an Associate Professor of County Operations for the Ohio State University and served as the Agriculture Extension Agent of Morrow County and part time for Marion County. Also, he wrote a weekly column for the Morrow County Sentinel known as “Down On The Farm.”
He was the “go to guy” for anything Agricultural within Morrow County and he provided services to the Morrow County Soil and Water Conservation District, Morrow County Farm Service Agency, Morrow County Pork Producers Association, District IV Pork Producers Council, Morrow County Dairy Association, Morrow County Beekeepers Association, Morrow County Sheep Improvement Association, Ohio Pork Producers Council, Morrow County Cattlemen Association, Morrow County Farmland Preservation Task Force, Farm Credit Services Advisory Committee, Morrow County Farm Safety Council, County Family First Council, American Simmental Association, Morrow County Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources, Division of Water, Morrow County United Way, Morrow County Regional Planning, and the Morrow County Schools Business Advisory Committee.
For his efforts Steve won numerous awards, which include the Ohio Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, Team Teaching Award, State Winner in 1992, 1993, 2004 and 2006, the Service Award to the Morrow County Cattlemen Association in 2000, the Distinguished Service Award which is the highest award granted to an Extension Agent in 1997, Ohio Extension Agent Association Achievement Award for Agriculture in 1994, NACAA Livestock Production Program Award as the National Winner in Livestock Production Education in 1994, Ohio Extension Agents Association Achievement Award for Agriculture as the State Winner in 1994, Service Award to Morrow County Dairy Farmers in 1991, Selected to Outstanding Young Men of America in 1989, NACAA State Grain Marketing Award in 1986, and he was recognized by Governor Celeste in 1986 for organizing 27 semi loads and four railroad cars to be donated, loaded and shipped to hay deficit areas during the drought in 1986.
Steve was a member of the Ohio Association of Extension Professionals, the National Association of County Agricultural Agents, and the Morrow County Farm Bureau.
A lifelong resident of Morrow County, Steve was raised on the farm and he was proud of it. At a young age he learned how to grow grain and raise hogs and cattle, and he continued this love for the rest of his life. He could always be found helping at the Morrow County Fair or working with 4 – H students on their various projects. If he encountered a problem in life, he would get on his tractor until he found a solution.
A man of deep faith, Steve attended the Heartland Alliance Church and was formerly a member of the Pleasant Grove Church of Christ.
“An honest man with true concern for others,” Steve would always do what was right. A workaholic, he gave everything he had to make sure the job was completed or if he was teaching he would make sure his students truly understood all of the material.
Having a passion for sports, Steve loved anything athletic. He enjoyed playing football, basketball, baseball, softball, golf, racquetball, and going on ski trips.
An avid fan of his alma mater, the Ohio State University, Steve had season tickets for football and basketball games and he would take turns with his family and friends giving everyone the opportunity to join him.
A family man, Steve was proud of his wife and his three boys, and he loved each moment they shared. At each of his three boys sporting events, they never had any doubt he was rooting for them as his voice could be heard from miles away.
“The life of the party,” Steve had a fun loving personality whose smile and laughter were contagious. He had a way about him that no one can explain, you simply felt lucky to have known him despite his merciless teasing.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife and mother; three sons: Kevin Ruhl, Jason (Christina) Ruhl both of Mount Gilead, and Brian (Chelsey Ault) Ruhl of Ontario; one brother: Joseph (Faye) Ruhl of Mount Gilead; two sisters: Charlene Landon of Mount Gilead and Ruth Ann (Rick) Parrott of Bryan; parents-in-law: Charles & Geneva Manring of Iberia; sister-in-law: Diane (Bill) Mills; brother-in-law: Dan (Beth) Manring, both of Columbus; and 11 nieces and nephews.
Including his father, he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law: Harold Landon.
His family will greet friends on Thursday from 2 – 8 p.m. at the Heartland Alliance Church, 6385 St. Rt. 314, Mount Gilead, where funeral services will be held on Friday at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Yogi Durbin officiating. Burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Steve Ruhl Agricultural Scholarship Fund, c/o First Federal Bank, 70 N. Main St., Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.