Ralph S. McGaughy, age 91, departed this life on April 21, 2020, at Licking Memorial Hospital. He was born in Tacoma, Washington, in the early hours of May 16, 1928, to Harry Sanford McGaughy and Emma (Bendure) McGaughy. He must not have been ready for he was not an early riser. The family returned to Newark in the fall of 1929 where Ralph attended Newark City Schools and was a graduate of Newark High School in the class of 1946.
On August 4, 1950, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Newark, Ralph was married to Helen Charleen Orr, daughter of Raymond Orr and Evelyn (Dennis) Orr of Newark. They shared almost 70 years of marriage. In 1951, Ralph joined the U.S. Army Reserves and served 7 years of standby service and had the rank of Sergeant 1st Class at time of discharge. In 1952, he began working for The Oil Fuel Gas Co., which later became Columbia Gas of Ohio and retired in June of 1991 with 39 years of service.
Over the years Ralph enjoyed gardening and yard work, especially taking care of his roses. He enjoyed tinkering around in his workshop and reading in his spare time, especially adventure and old western stories. In his early years he played a lot of softball on several different teams.
He enjoyed the many trips with Helen at his side through the years visiting most of the states and enjoyed their times in Nova Scotia and the castles in Germany. But the most memorable trip was to return to his birthplace for the first time in 1994. Ralph was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ.
Ralph was a long-time fan of the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns as well as The Ohio State Buckeyes.
He is survived by his loving wife, Helen McGaughy of the home; daughters, Kathy Tittle (Larry, deceased), Beth (Tim) Ryan of Newark; sons, David (Kathy) of Loveland, Ohio, Andrew (Jenny) of Newark and Thomas (Nadia) of Hilliard; six grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert (Patricia) McGaughy; a sister-in-law, Frances Slebodnik (Kenny, deceased); and several nephews and nieces.
A private family service will take place on Friday April 24, 2020, with Rev. Mark Katrick officiating. Burial will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Newark. The funeral home is accepting cards from family and friends who are unable to attend services due to the current health emergency.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Memorial Fund at St. John’s United Church of Christ or to The American Heart Association.
The Newark Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta Stickle Funeral & Cremation Service is assisting with arrangements.
RIP, MEMORIES OF FAMILY REUNIONS,MY COUSINS COLUMBUS NOTIFIED ME. BUDDY,DWIGHT BENDURE,IRVINE,CALIF.
I am so sorry for the loss of Ralph. He and Helen are clients of ours and I truly enjoyed every conversation I had with them both either on the phone or in person. He was a very pleasant and kind man.
May God be with you all and bring you comfort in the days ahead.
Dear Helen and Family,
Bill and I were so deeply sorry and quite surprised to read of Ralph's passing. We saw both of you Easter morning at Drive In Church. We have thought back on all the fun times during our friendship at Mr. & Mrs. Fellowship and when we went on the cruise together. ...
Dear Helen and Family,
Bill and I were so deeply sorry and quite surprised to read of Ralph's passing. We saw both of you Easter morning at Drive In Church. We have thought back on all the fun times during our friendship at Mr. & Mrs. Fellowship and when we went on the cruise together. Wonderful Memories!!!
We are certainly praying and thinking of you and your family during this time of sorrow. We wish you strength, hope and peace in the days ahead.
May God Bless You and Your Family, Love, Bill and Nancy McInturf
Helen and family, Sending our sympathy and concern with deep awareness of your sorrow. Trusting God is with you for your every need today and for everyday that followers
I am sorry for your families loss. I will remember your dad as a nice and gentle soul Kathy. I will think of him fondly each year as the flower starts he gave me for my garden bloom. Love and prayers for you and your family.