- Local Guide
Darrell L. Ralston, 91, of 639 Ash St. in Celina, died at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at the Laurels of Shane Hill.
He was born on Aug. 13, 1922, in Miami County, to the late Verdi and Nellie (Allen) Ralston. He was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.
He married Wilma M. Barker on June 8, 1947, and she survives at Shane Hill.
He is survived by his daughter, Mary (Greg) Schumm and his three grandsons and their families, Dr. Jeremy (Michelle), Jason (Kate), Joel (Cassie) and great-grandchildren Henry, Maggie, Presley, Hayden and Bennett.
Darrell served his country in the Navy, traveling the world during World War II. Darrell owned his own agricultural limestone spreading business and later retired from Aeroquip in Van Wert.
Darrell was a 65-year member of the Masonic Lodge. He was a past master six times and past president of the 4th Masonic District. He served as district deputy grand master three times. He was also 32nd degree mason and past president of Aug-Mer 32 Degree Club. He was also a member of the Celina VFW, the American Legion and the Celina Eagles.
Darrell had many hobbies. He was a very talented woodworker and craftsman. In his early years, he was a baseball umpire and ran the chains for the Parkway football program. For five years, Darrell and Tom Huston of Coldwater reconditioned 178 bicycles and delivered them to needy children on Christmas Eve. Each morning, Darrell went to Northmoor Golf Course for coffee and conversation, which kept him young at heart. He was a competitive golfer who had multiple hole-in-ones. When his grandsons were growing up, he loved attending their activities.
A Masonic and military memorial service will take place at 6 p.m. Sunday at Cisco Funeral Home in Celina, the Rev. Tom Brunstrup officiating.
Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorial gifts may be given to the Shrine Hospital for children.