Ruth Margaret Cole

1923 - 2020

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Ruth Margaret Cole, 96, of Findlay, passed away at 7:40am on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Birchaven Village. She was born on August 18, 1923 in Findlay, Ohio to the late Rawson Clark and Ferne (Brown) Fetters. She married Timothy Cole, and he preceded her in death on November 12, 1984. Ruth is survived by her son, Phillip (Melinda) Cole of Findlay; her brother, Clair Fetters of South Carolina; four grandchildren: Ben Cole, Amy Smith, Alex Cole, and Jack Kunkel III; and 7 great-grandchildren. Ruth was preceded in death by her son, Emerson P. Cole, who was killed in action in Vietnam on March 28, 1968; her daughter, Joann Kunkel; and her sister, Cartha Reile. Ruth was a 1941 graduate of Findlay High School and received her teaching degree from Bowling Green State University. Ruth worked for Jack & Jill Nursery School for many years and had thousands of hours as a hard worker for the Blanchard Valley Hospital Auxiliary. Ruth attended Findlay First Nazarene Church and was a lifetime member of the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church East, a Gold Star Mother, and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Ruth loved to travel and was a member of the National Campers & Hikers Association. In 1972, she and her husband started Findlay Campers. Ruth also loved the Hancock County Fair, where she opened and closed the gates every day. Visitation for Ruth will be held from 6:00-8:00pm on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30am on Wednesday, January 15 at the funeral home. Pastor Michael McClurg will officiate, and burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery. Memorial Donations may be made to the Daughters of the American Revolution, 1776 D St NW, Washington, DC 20006. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Tuesday, January 14th 2020 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

  • Funeral Service:

    Wednesday, January 15th 2020 - 10:30 AM

  • Service Location:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Final Resting Place:

    Maple Grove Cemetery [Map]
    1120 W Main Cross St
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

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To : Melinda and Phil
Date :Tuesday, January 14th 2020
From : Patt Benson
I am so sorry to hear of Ruth's passing. I will keep you in my prayers.


To : Phil and Melinda
Date :Tuesday, January 14th 2020
From : Rita Cornelious
My condolences to you and your family in the passing of your mother. I talked to her a few times when I was visiting my mom at Birchaven. She was a nice lady, very proud of her son.

To : Phil Melinda
Date :Tuesday, January 14th 2020
From : Jack Rosie Jacob
Phil & Melinda, You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.

To : Phil Melinda Cole
Date :Tuesday, January 14th 2020
From : Larry and Nila Philipps
We were saddened to hear of your loss. Please know how very sorry we are. Your Pioneer Auto Club friends.

To : Phil and Melinda
Date :Wednesday, January 15th 2020
From : John and Kathy Murray
She was a wonderful neighbor. We will miss her very much.

To : Ruth Cole and family
Date :Wednesday, January 15th 2020
From : Peggy Rinehart
Hi Ruth, you and I have had many visits, so this is a final visit. I have bronchitis so I am unable to visit you personally.
Previous to my hip replacement, I frequently visited you at Birchaven. You were always setting by the nurses station, seldom in your room. You always inquired about Bernice Rickle. Bernice would bring you to the widow's group that met monthly at 50 North. We were widows but seldom talked about that, we just enjoyed each other's company. And thats how I met you. You and I were also teachers, so again we had something to discuss.
Phil, I see by the obituary that your mother was a Fetters. I was raised in Arlington, and there was a Fetters that lived on the corner of SR 68 and TR 25, was this a relative?
Condolences, Peggy Rinehart

To : The Coke family
Date :Thursday, January 16th 2020
From : Sharon Roddy
My deepest sympathy

To : Ruth Cole family
Date :Sunday, February 2nd 2020
From : Ray and MarieRussell Reinhard
Family friend during my younger years. Sorry for your loss. Ruth was a grand lady and friend to the Russell family.