Ralph A. Nonnamaker

02/15/1943 - 12/27/2023


Obituary For Ralph A. Nonnamaker


Ralph Allen Nonnamaker passed away on Wednesday, December 27, 2023 at the Good Samaritan Home in Arlington, Ohio. Ralph was born on February 15, 1943 to the late Howard and Alma (Slusser) Nonnamaker. His first wife, Gloria (Rettig) Nonnamaker preceded him in death. On February 20, 1966 he married Jean (Montgomery) Nonnamaker. They were married for 57 years.

Ralph was a 1961 graduate of Cory-Rawson High School and then graduated from Toledo Meat Cutting School. He was a farmer and owned Ralph’s Market in Bluffton before working and retiring from Wonder Bread. He retired again from A to Z Meats in Bluffton.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Jean Nonnamaker; four children, Monica (Dennis) vonStein of Rawson, Jill (Michael) Woodward of Bluffton, Gina (Kevin) Burkholder of McComb, Cody (Stephanie) Nonnamaker of Jenera; eleven grandchildren, Miles (Melissa) vonStein, Brooke (Brandon) Anspach, Caleb (Carlie) vonStein, Morgan (Mitchell) Karhoff, Shelby (Jim) Armand, Chelsea (Cody) Basinger, Aubry (Dalton) Ream, Mariah (Addison) Diller, Logan, Blake and Makenzie Nonnamaker; fifteen great-grandchildren and one on the way.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, wife Gloria and brothers Harold and Dean Nonnamaker.

Ralph enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren participate in music, sports and showing animals at the fair. For almost 35 years, he would collect money from the Bluffton businesses and help buy the Cory-Rawson 4-H and FFA member’s animals at the livestock sale at the Hancock County Fair. He was a member of the Riley Creek Baptist Church.

Ralph’s services will begin at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 3, 2024 at Riley Creek Baptist Church, Bluffton. Pastor David Lanquist officiating. Burial will be in Thompson Cemetery following the service. Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 2, 2024 at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Riley Creek Baptist Church or the Hancock County Fairgrounds.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at


2 Jan


04:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Chiles-Laman Funeral Home - Bluffton Chapel 239 South Main Street Bluffton, OH 45817 Get Directions »
3 Jan


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Riley Creek Baptist Church 4950 Township Road 27 Bluffton, OH 45817 Get Directions »
3 Jan

Funeral Service

11:00 AM

Riley Creek Baptist Church 4950 Township Road 27 Bluffton, OH 45817 Get Directions »
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  • 01/04/2024

    Sorry for your loss. A hard part of life but a part we all must journey through. Thinking of you all and remembering growing up with some of you.

  • 01/03/2024

    Praying for you all as you celebrate the life of a great man. He gave so much back to the community and his legacy has impacted so many throughout the Cory Rawson and 4-H communities. We are so sorry for your loss. - Chris and Beth White Family

  • 12/31/2023

    Condolences to all Ralph's family and friends. May he rest in peace. He was my uncle who gave me great memories as a child. Peace and love to all.

  • 12/30/2023

    So so sorry for your loss. Had the pleasure of meeting Ralph as he & my dad, Walt, were roommates at Good Samaritan. They were great roommates. Godspeed to you & yours . The Shark Family Suzie & Vince

  • 12/29/2023

    Thoughts and prayers are with your family.

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