Ruth Zerkle

February 15, 1923 - January 5, 2021

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Zerkle, Ruth Evelyn (Harris)

The seeds were all planted, The garden did grow. The chores are all finished. Now, It's time to go.
Ruth passed peacefully at her farm home in Urbana on January 5, 2021. Born at home February 15, 1923 in Clark County the daughter of the late Fred & Anna Belle (Wright) Harris. Ruth was the 5th of 6 children. She graduated from Enon High School in 1941 and is the last remaining member of her graduating class. As a young lady, she was employed by the First National Bank of Springfield, where she posed in a picture for the very 1st drive-up window in the U.S. She later worked at Producers Livestock in Clark County & Champaign Livestock in Champaign County for over 40 years combined.

She married Donald E. Zerkle in 1950 and they made a life on the farm raising & milking Holsteins & growing most of their food. She was a very good seamstress not only for her family but for their Barbie dolls as well.

Ruth is survived by her children, Keith Zerkle, Joan Zerkle, Nan (John) Mason and Faye (Duane) Van Buskirk; grandchildren, Luke, (Candy) Myers, Tyler (Bexley) Myers and Cody (Bailey) Van Buskirk; great grandchildren, Harper Myers, Rowan & Nora Myers and Atlas Van Buskirk; sisters-in-law, Imogene (Paul deceased) Harris and Betty (Marvin deceased) Zerkle as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald E. Zerkle, who passed in 1996; siblings, Wayne Harris, Jeanne Pfeifer, Paul Harris, Pauline Harris and Norman Harris.

The family is grateful that mom got to stay at home on the farm with the loving care of her family and Ohio's Hospice of Dayton. They would especially like to thank nurse, Rhonda, Chaplin Janie Brewer and caregivers, Brittany and Megan for their constant support and helping to keep her COVID free.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 8, 2021 in the OakDale Cemetery with Chaplin Janie Brewer officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ohio's Hospice, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, Ohio 45420.

Arrangements entrusted to VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana, Ohio.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.


Kim S Steen - Jan 18, 2021
I did not know Ruth, but I am sure my mom and dad die. Roger Crabill and Sara Rhodes. I loved hearing stories of the Champaign county group....and I know her late husband was a story, but I can't remember it. My condolences to you and your family!
Anna M Clem - Jan 7, 2021
I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. When the heart grieves over what it has lost, the spirit rejoices over what it has left. I am sorry for the Passing of your Mother, I hope you can feel Comfort knowing you all are being held in Thought and Prayers. Anna Clem
Mary Lou Bartimay - Jan 7, 2021
So sorry for the loss of Aunt Ruth. You'll be in our thoughts and prayers. Although we won't be able to be at the service we will be thinking of you. Our love. Les & Mary Lou
JudibWroten - Jan 7, 2021
To all of Ms. Ruth’s children...I am so sorry for your loss. She will be in your hearts forever in your love for one another. You took such good care of her . You will continue to take care of each other and hold each other up through thick and thin. May God Bless your families at this time.
Jody Gentis - Jan 6, 2021
Deepest Sympathies from Jody, Kevin and all
Ron and Karen Brown - Jan 6, 2021
Keith, Joan, Nan, Faye and families, We are so very sorry for your loss. Your mother was so sweet and caring. Our hearts go out to you with deepest sympathy and prayers of comfort. Ron & Karen (Lai) Brown
Jeff and Marilyn Plikerd - Jan 6, 2021
Sorry for the loss of your mother. Sounds like she was a terrific lady just like her daughter. Prayers for all of you and I know you will miss her a lot.

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