The Rev. Ron D. Fruth

The Rev. Ron D. Fruth, 77, of Tiffin, passed away Monday afternoon, April 8, 2019, at Seneca House.

He was born Dec. 1, 1941, in Napoleon, to Dallas and Leota (Lemon) Fruth. He married Verna Jean Schmidt July 30, 1966, in Stratford, Wisconsin.

Survivors include his wife, Verna Jean of Tiffin; two children, James W. (Tiffany) Fruth of Tiffin and Daniel J. (Meg) Fruth of Lancaster; four grandchildren, Elise Fruth, Jacob Fruth, Nora Fruth and Carter Myers; a brother, John W. (Carol) Fruth of Beloit, Wisconsin; and one grandson on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Jill Lynn Fruth.

The Rev. Fruth graduated in 1959 from Florida High School, Napoleon, Lakeland University, Sheboygan, Wisconson in 1963 and United Theological Seminary, New Brighton, Minnesota, in 1966, where he earned his master’s in divinity degree. The Rev. Fruth was ordained into Christian ministry in 1966 by United Church of Christ. He served congregations in Wellington, (Pittsfield United Church of Christ), St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Van Wert, St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, Van Wert, and First United Church of Christ, Lima.

Friends may visit with the family 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 2019, at Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory, 236 S. Washington St., Tiffin, OH 44883.

His funeral will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Steve Garstad officiating. A private burial will take place at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bridge Hospice, Seneca House Activity Fund or Heidelberg University.

Condolences may be sent and the guestbook signed at www.hgmack