Arthur Ray Ruth, 1939-2023

Arthur Ray Ruth  was born Saturday, January 21, 1939 in Waldo, Ohio .

he died Tuesday, September 26, 2023. his recorded age was 84.

his remains can be found at Walnut Grove Cemetery in lot 690  - section D  - space #3 East SE Corner (view map) .
Arrangements were made by Robinson Funeral Home (Delaware, OH). The burial took place on Thursday, December 28, 2023.
Contact Walnut Grove and Flint Cemeteries for more information.

Arthur Ray Ruth, fondly known as Art and lovingly called "Papa" by his grandchildren, passed away peacefully at the age of 84 on Tuesday, September 26, 2023, in Sarasota, FL.

Art was born on January 21, 1939, in Waldo, OH, to Mabel A. (Rengert) and Harry F. Ruth. He was also cherished by his stepmother, Lozella (Dunlap) Ruth. Art's vibrant youth was filled with memorable experiences at Waldo High School, where he actively participated in FFA, Chorus, Band, Football, Basketball, Baseball, and Theater. He generously shared his time as a coach for the Waldo Little League teams and served as a Volunteer Firefighter, embodying his dedication to his community.

On November 28, 1980, Art married the love of his life, Sue A. (Wright), in Delaware, OH. They built a beautiful life together in Delaware until 2012 when they decided to make North Port, FL, their peaceful retreat. Art's professional journey was marked by his unwavering commitment to the Delaware Gazette newspaper, where he excelled in advertising sales, general management, and made a significant impact as a photographer. His talent and passion for photography were exemplified through his renowned documentation of the Little Brown Jug Races, which he faithfully captured for an impressive 47 years. One particularly memorable incident occurred in 1971 when Art, after developing the daily pictures, noticed the distinct scent of burning wood in the air. Looking towards the west, he spotted smoke and immediately sprang into action. Rushing back inside to report the fire and retrieve his equipment, he unknowingly embarked on documenting one of the largest fires in Downtown Delaware's history – the devastating blaze that consumed the William Street United Methodist Church. Art’s photographs now serve as a treasured part of the Delaware County Historical Society's collection. Additionally, Art dedicated an astonishing 50 years of his life as a Volunteer Firefighter for the Tri-Township Fire Department, demonstrating his selflessness and commitment to the safety of others.

In addition to his many accomplishments and cherished roles throughout his life, Arthur Ray Ruth possessed an unwavering love for farming and agriculture rooted in his childhood. His passion for cultivating the land and nurturing its bounty was evident in every aspect of his being. Whether he was tending to crops, caring for animals, or implementing innovative techniques, Art's dedication to sustainable farming practices shone brightly. His deep appreciation for the interconnectedness between humans and nature was a driving force behind his commitment to fostering a harmonious relationship with the earth. The legacy of Art's love for farming and agriculture will forever inspire those who follow in his footsteps, reminding us of the profound impact one individual can have on the world around them.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Art actively engaged with various organizations, including the Eagles, Moose, and Elks Club, where he held memberships for an impressive 54 years. He was also an esteemed member of the Delaware Jaycees and a proud participant in the Ten O'Clock Coffee Club at the Hamburger Inn. Art embraced his Masonic affiliations as a Brother of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction Scottish Rite, Grand Lodge of F. & A.M. of Ohio Hiram Lodge #18, and Eastern Star, George L. Behrens #504, cherishing the values of brotherhood and camaraderie. Art had a deep passion for music and found joy in his membership with the Marionaires Barbershop Chorus and the Lemon Bay Chord Company, where he harmonized with others in the art of barbershop singing. He also showcased his creativity and craftsmanship as a skilled carpenter and woodworker, pouring his love into creating beautiful pieces.

Above all, Art's greatest joy came from being a devoted father to his daughters and a doting "Papa" to his grandchildren. Fond memories of gathering around the table for a family game of Tiles will forever be cherished by his grandchildren. Art's mischievous spirit during these games will always bring smiles to their faces. Art's family and faith were at the core of his life. He was a lifetime member of St. John Lutheran Windfall Church in Cardington, OH, where he was confirmed and later served on the church council. In his later years, he found solace and spiritual nourishment at Hope Lutheran ELCA in Port Charlotte, FL. Art was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother, and infant sister, as well as his beloved wife, Sue, and his daughter, Cynthia Travis.

He is survived by his sister, Diane Ruth, step-brothers David (Elaine) and Dan (Virginia) Dunlap, all of Marion, OH. Art leaves behind his loving daughter, Victoria (Tracy) Beveridge, of Waldo, OH, and his son-in-law, Howard Travis, of Hobbs, NM. He also leaves a legacy of love in his surviving grandchildren: Sara Travis, Michael (Annie) Travis, Melissa Travis, Stephen (Christine) Travis, David (Fallon) Beveridge, Valarie Beveridge, and Julie (Caleb) Rector. Additionally, he is survived by nine great-grandchildren who will forever hold his memory close to their hearts.

Arthur Ray Ruth's absence will be deeply felt by his family, friends, and all those fortunate enough to have known him. His loving spirit, unwavering dedication to his community, and contagious joy will forever be treasured.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, October 20, 2023, at Robinson's Funeral Home (32 W. Winter St., Delaware, OH) from 2pm - 4pm & 6pm - 8pm, with Hiram Lodge #18 F.& A.M., conducting masonic rites at 7:30 pm. The funeral service will take place at 12pm on Saturday, October 21, 2023, at St. John Lutheran Church (5070 Newmans Cardington Rd. E, Cardington, OH), followed by a meal served by the women of the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to the following organizations:

Hope Lutheran Church ELCA (14200 Hopewell Ave, Port Charlotte, FL 33981) for their hurricane Ian restoration fund. Tri-Township Fire Dept. (660 Coover Rd., Delaware, OH 43015) or St. John Lutheran Church (5070 Newmans Cardington Rd E., Cardington, OH 43315).

Arraignments for Florida services have yet to be announced.