Ruth Ann (Tinkey) Welch, 90, went to be with her beloved husband, Milton Welch on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, while a resident of Millcreek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
The oldest child of Russell Burr and Helen Louise (Isles) Tinkey, she was born on July 23, 1930 in Mansfield, Ohio. Ruth Ann or “Jane “as she was called by her closest friends and family was a life-long Richland County area resident. Ruth Ann graduated from Springfield Local School (Ontario) in May of 1948. She maintained her many friendships made through high school; members of her class met monthly to share stories of their families.
Ruth Ann was a longtime member of First Congregational Church of Lexington, where she was choir director and member of the Ladies Fellowship. She served many funeral dinners and participated in the ice cream socials for many years.
When she was fourteen, she met Milton at Jugs Corners Grange. During their Senior year in high school, they began to date. On November 25, 1948, which was Thanksgiving Day Ruth Ann and Frank Milton Welch were married at the First Church of Christ in Lexington, Ohio. Their love story was one of great strength, faith, patience and a deep commitment to each other and their family. They were married for almost fifty-two years before his death in October of 2000.
Ruth Ann and Milton bought their farm on Pinkney Road in 1952 and together they created productive and modern farm. Ruth Ann’s love of horses was never very far from her heart and she and Milton along with her sister, Rosemary Kreitler began WK Appaloosa Farms in 1961.The farm became one of the premier Appaloosa breeding farms and training facilities in Ohio.
People would ask Ruth Ann if she ever worked outside the home. With a smile and a small amount of sarcasm, she would say that she reared six children, gardened, ran a farm, and a horse business; she did not have time for such pleasures as working outside the home.
Her entire life was one of hard work; but that is not to say she did not have other interests. Every year with the help of her children she would can or freeze the produce from her garden, make jam and jelly. In the quite hours of the late fall and winter seasons she would take time to embroider pillowcases and tablecloths as special gifts for weddings and anniversaries. Each of these gifts were made with love and given with joy. Spring began with tapping maple trees, making syrup and getting ready for gardening.
Every December Ruth Ann would bake hundreds of cookies; create many pounds of fudge to be shared with family and friends. Up until the last several years she still carried on that tradition with the help of her daughter, Karen.
Ruth Ann is survived by her six children and their spouses; Ted A. Welch and Brian L. Walters, husbands of Columbus, Ohio; Kathleen and Michael Shaffer of Ashtabula, Charles and Denise Welch of Crestline, David and Melody Welch of Sunset, Louisiana, Karen and Daryl Slusher of Mansfield, Carl and Tiffany Welch of Bellville, Steve and Debbie Craner of Florida whom she considered a son; sixteen grandchildren, Theo Moon of Los Angeles, California, Laura Moon-Pantoja of Prospect, Shane and Tara Welch of Galion, Jodi Welch and Mandi Whitlatch of Lexington, Cory and Rachel Welch of Bucyrus, Taryl and Kristin Welch of Baltimore, Maryland, Kaleia and Chris Corbin of Deleon Springs, Florida, Stienn Welch of Winnebago, Illinois, Darin and Katie Slusher of Mansfield, Leslie and Chip Gifford of Mount Gilead, Logan Welch and Gavin Welch both of Bellville, Steve and Kate Shaffer of Sanibel Island, Florida, Chris and Julia Shaffer of Louisville, Kentucky, Kelly and Jeremy Presnal of Grapevine, Texas, Lantry Shaffer of North Canton twenty-three great- grandchildren; Athena Pantoja, Thalia Gardner, Allison and Matthew Presnal, Rose and Patrick Shaffer, Michael Shaffer, III, Hayleigh Welch, Reagan and Ashtyn Welch, Blaine Welch, Oliver and Charles Whitlatch-Welch, Rowan Corbin, Camden and Alyssa Welch, Chase Slusher, Klayton Cornell, Emily Brown, Taylor and Kaitlynn Slusher, Paige Slusher, Makenna Slusher; two great- great grandchildren Bryson Hyatt and Jeffery Elmore; her siblings, Rosemary Kreitler of Clyde, Texas, David and Pat Tinkey of Tampa, Florida, Richard and Yvonne Tinkey of McAllister, Oklahoma, and Margaret Snyder of San Diego, California; her sister and brother-in-law, Loren and Carol Welch of Lexington; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Ruth Ann was preceded death by her best friend and husband, Frank Milton Welch; much loved grandson, Gary Slusher; brother-in-law Clark Kreitler, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Richard and Mable Welch; her parents, Russell and Helen Tinkey.
Funeral Services will be held at 11AM on Friday, April 23, 2021at the Snyder Funeral Home, 2553 Lexington Ave, Mansfield, OH 44904. Father David Gwinner presiding. Burial to follow Troy- Union Cemetery Lexington, Ohio, 44904
Visitation will be observed from 4PM until 7PM on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at Snyder Funeral Home, 2553 Lexington Avenue, Lexington, Ohio, 44904.
Should you desire, contributions in Ruth Ann’s name may be made to, Columbus Children’s Hospital, PO BOX 16810, Columbus, OH 43216. Please include Ruth Ann’s name in the memo section of the check. https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/giving.
Our family is so very grateful to Dr. Mark Wood and his staff, who for many years cared for mom. We would also like to thank the staff of Millcreek for the care provided over these last months.