Ronald J. Rahall
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MANSFIELD: Ronald J. Rahall 81, of Mansfield, lost his courageous battle to cancer on Monday, April 7, 2014. He was surrounded by his beautiful family and favorite Frank Sinatra music.
He was born October 8, 1932 to Charles and Mathilda (George) Rahall in Wheeling, WV. He moved to Mansfield when he was 5 years old. He attended St. Peters School until the 9th grade and was graduated from Mansfield Senior High in 1951.
A U.S Navy veteran, Ronald served from 1950 to 1953 in the Naval Reserves, and 2 years of active duty, much aboard the USS Hassayampa. A patriot at heart, he was proud of his military service.
He was a member of Resurrection Catholic Church where he served as an usher since 1970 and also sang in the choir. Ronald retired from General Motors as a Tool and Die Maker in 1993.
He enjoyed all sports and was an avid golfer. He had 2 "Holes in One" at Twin Lakes and Valley View Golf Courses.
He married his high school sweetheart, Carol Merrell on February 9, 1952, and they recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather as well as a true friend to many.
Along with his loving and dedicated wife Carol Rahall of Mansfield, he is survived by his 3 sons, Michael (Susan) of Milford, Steven of Mansfield, Charles (Tracy) of Ft. Wayne, IN and 2 daughters, Lorri (Don) Krance of Poquoson, VA and Debra Lape (Mike Griesbach) of Mansfield. 11 Grandchildren, Sarah (Mike) Lunsford, Mark, Annie, Justin (Theresa), Chris (Heather Estes), Alexandra, Rachal (Zak) Hansen, Hollie (Chuck) Bradley, Heather (Rick) Kellner, Stacey (Aaron) Huskey and Adam Lape. 9 Great-Grandchildren, 3 brothers, James (Helen), Philip and Robert (Sandy), sister, Mary and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Pat & brother Joe.
Our family would like to thank Dr. Phillip Rosmarin and Dr. Robert Exten for their excellent care. Most especially, we thank "our mom" Carol, who never left his side and showed us the meaning of true love in sickness and in health. For that we are forever grateful.
Calling hours will be held at the Snyder Funeral Home on Lexington Avenue Thursday, April 10th from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 11th at Resurrection Parish, 2600 Lexington Ave 44904, with the Very Reverend Father Beaver as Celebrant. Burial with military honors conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail, will immediately follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park in Lexington.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Med Central Hospice or Ride 2 Recovery Bikes for Disabled Veterans.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Ronald's family and messages to them may be sent at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com
Snyder Funeral Home
2553 Lexington Avenue
Mansfield, OH 44904-1423
Published in the News Journal on Apr. 8, 2014