Frank H. Ruth, 93, of Mansfield died February 5, 2019 in his home surrounded by his family.
Born February 10, 1925, in Scottdale, PA, he was raised in Chambersburg, PA where he graduated from Chambersburg High School. He was the son of the late Charles A. and Elizabeth (Wray) Ruth. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Caroline (Cox) Ruth whom he married in June 1951.
Surviving in addition to his wife are his son Jeffrey A. Ruth of Marion, and daughter Debra (James) Oberlander of Mansfield; three grandchildren James (Kara) Oberlander of Bowling Green, Bryan Ruth of Marion, and Sarah (Tad) Davis of Lexington; six great grandchildren Bryce, Annie, and Cole Oberlander, Claire, Alaina, and Jonathan Davis, all of whom he was very proud. He was preceded in death by his parents and his two sisters Vivian Raffensperger and Dolores Richards.
His WWII US Army service was with the Polar Bear Regiment of the 85 th Infantry Division where he served in Italy in 1944-1945 as a combat medic litter bearer. He was awarded the Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster and the Purple Heart as well as the Combat Medic Badge. Frank was deeply involved with his 339 th Infantry Regiment reunions serving as reunion chairman for a number of years. He was an avid reader of World War II and Civil War history.
Frank was a long time advertising/promotion manager for 15 years with Westinghouse Appliance Division in Mansfield and Springfield, MA; promotion manager for MacGregor Sporting Goods (1965-1969) in Cincinnati; advertising/ public relations manager for Rupp Industries (1969-1974); advertising manager for Tappan Appliances (1974-1976) and advertising manager for Dover Corp/ OPW Division in Cincinnati. He retired from Dover/OPW in 1993, returning to Mansfield with his wife Caroline in 1993 to be near family.
One to be involved, he was active with Richland County Habitat for Humanity, serving on the Board and on the Church Relations/Public relations committee. He was active in S.C.O.R.E (Service Corp of Retired Executives) serving as a business counselor and editing the SCORE newsletter. He was an emeritus member of SCORE, and in 2008 received SCORE’s “Gold Award”, the highest award given to a SCORE member who had not served as an officer.
He was a long-time member of the First Presbyterian Church in Mansfield first joining in 1951, and most recently The Church of the Cross in Lexington. Frank was a member of the Mansfield Rotary Club serving on the Board, a 15 year volunteer at the Renaissance Theatre, and a member of the American Legion.
The Ruth family will receive friends on Friday, February 8, 2019 from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A funeral service honoring Frank’s life will be held in the United Methodist Church of the Cross, 236 Otterbein Dr, Lexington, Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 11 a.m. The Rev. Glenn Hamilton will officiate. Burial to follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.
Contributions in Frank’s memory to Richland Co. Habitat for Humanity or The Church of the Cross may be made at the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Frank’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com