Meeker, Ralph

Written by David Green.

Ralph M. Meeker, 78, of Lyons, Ohio, died Sept. 24, 2010, at Toledo Hospital.

Ralph was a self-employed carpenter who owned and operated Meeker Woodworking in Lyons for more than 19 years. He was also a grain and hog farmer.

Ralph was a veteran of the Korean War and a recipient of the Purple Heart. He was a devoted Toledo Mud Hens fan and a season ticket holder for more than 30 years, as well as a member of the Hens Booster Club. He received a Letter of Intent to play for the Detroit Tigers, but also received his draft letter at the same time, calling him to serve in the Army.

Ralph was a member of the Lions Club, the Elks Lodge #2462, a volunteer fireman for the Lyons Royalton Township Volunteer Fire Department, a member of the Friendship Singers Quartet, and an avid follower of harness racing.

Ralph belonged to the Lyons Christian Church where he was a deacon, past president of the Men’s Fellowship, and headed the building committee for the construction of the Lyons Christian Church Fellowship Hall. He also coached Little League baseball in Lyons and enjoyed wintering in Florida.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Mary; children, Tim (and Karen) Meeker, Lori (and Tom) Himelhan and Marcia (and Glenn) Hartman; a brother, Paul (and Peggy) Meeker; a sister, Norma (and Charles) Schuch; grandchildren, Joel and Janelle Himelhan, Emily Bernath, and Allison and Brian Carr; step-grandchildren, April Miller, Jennifer Carboni and Laura Allen; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Morris and Gladys Meeker.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Sept. 28, at Lyons Christian Church. Visitation is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, at Weigel Funeral Home, Metamora, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lyons Christian Church Building Fund, the American Heart Association or the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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