Practices get underway for fall sports Jays soon to begin quest for SHAC title Western Brown to hold Meet the Teams Night and OHSAA parent meeting Aug. 8 Norville F Hardyman Carol J Tracy James Witt Ripley officer receives commendation for quick action Bicentennial at Ripley First Presbyterian RULH welcomes new school principals Aberdeen’s Police Dept. continues to grow Mary F McElroy Broncos out to defend SBAAC American Division soccer title Bronco 5K to take place Aug. 5 EHS volleyball team ready for new season Michael C Cooper Raymond Mays Harry E Smittle Jr Mary A Flaugher Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Rickey L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Water distribution plans for Ripley move forward Historic Trapp and Wilson building sold RULH graduate wins HFR Scholarship Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann RULH selects Wilkins as new superintendent Corps of Engineer to study erosion issue in Ripley More funds available through Revolving Loans Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Historic home in Ripley is sold following renovations Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors OHSAA announces 2017 football regions and playoffs format Western Brown volleyball camps a success with over 100 in attendance Rigdon finishes high school running career with 10th place finish at state track and field championship meet Grace E Fite Students speak out in support of Skinner Ripley Council to pay half the cost for Air Evac services John McGee Timmy Burson Patricia A London

Ruth E Ward

Ruth E. (Haitz)Ward, age 92, of Greenfield, Ohio, passed away on Friday, July 14, 2017 at Hearth & Care Rehabilitation and Nursing of Greenfield where she had been living the past two years. She was with family and friends at the time of her death.
She was born on August 6, 1924 in Ripley, Ohio, the daughter of Joseph and Henrietta (Koewler) Haitz.
She was a member of St. Benignus Catholic Church and the St. Benignus Ladies Auxiliary, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, and Hills and Dales PTO.  She was a homemaker and former employee of the U.S. Shoe Factory in Ripley and was a 1943 graduate of the Ripley High School.
Ruth would have been 93 years old on August 6th. She was the monarch of the Haitz family, the last of Joe and Henrietta Haitz’s 16 children. She always laughed and cut up at the family reunions and will be remembered for her unwavering faith in God, her positive outlook in life, the gratitude she always showed toward others, her card playing abilities and that big smile of hers.  Ruth and her former husband Speed, along with other parents with special needs children were very instrumental in making Hills and Dales a reality back in the mid 1960’s.
She is survived by one son, Buddy (Jennifer) Kennedy; two daughters, Debbie Kennedy and Susie Kennedy all of Greenfield; step children, Karen Taylor of Lake Land, FL, Kathy Cline of Grove City, and Kim Preston of Washington C.H.; grandchildren, Emily (Shawn) Hickok, Tara Kennedy, and Chelsie Kennedy; step grandchildren, Rob Taylor, Kathy Hendrix, Cory Cline, Will Preston, Lizzy Preston, and Allie Preston; four great grandchildren and eight step great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; Special friends of the family Alexa Waterman, Rob Rossman and the staff and residents of Hearth & Care.
She was preceded in death her husband, William Ward; former husband and father of the children, Lloyd “Speed” Kennedy; seven brothers, James, George, Albert, Jack, Frank, Bob, and Bill; eight sisters, Emma Griffith, Catherine Neu, Mary Gear, Henrietta Owens, Annie Skaggs, Elizabeth Steele, Rita Spiller, and Margaret Baumann; step grandson, Dano Preston and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 A.M. Monday, July 24 at St. Benignus Catholic Church in Greenfield with Father Mike Paranuik officiating. Burial will follow in the Maplewood Cemetery in Ripley.  Visitation will be Sunday from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at the Murray-Fettro Funeral Home in Greenfield.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Benignus Catholic Church, Hospice of Heartland, Activities Department of Hearth & Care or charity of choice.

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