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Arden D. Ramseyer

April 2, 1927 January 10, 2017
Arden D. Ramseyer
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Arden Daniel Ramseyer passed away peacefully at his home in Smithville, Ohio on January 10, 2017 at the age of 89.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 14, 2017, 11:00 PM at the Oak Grove Mennonite Church, 7843 Smucker Rd. Smithville, OH 44677. Pastor Doug Zehr will be officiating. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery immediately following the service

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 13, 2017, 4 - 7 PM at Oak Grove Church and Saturday, January 14, 2017 one hour prior to services at the church. The family suggests that friends may make a donation to Oak Grove Mennonite Church Memorial Fund, 7843 Smucker Rd., Smithville, OH 44677; Mennonite Central Committee, 21 S. 12th St. PO Box 500, Akron, PA 17501; or LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 in his memory.

Arden was born on April 2, 1927 to A.C. and Mary Ramseyer in Smithville, Ohio. He graduated from Smithville High School in 1945 and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in Business at Bluffton College, Bluffton, Ohio. Upon graduating and marrying his college sweetheart Mae Miller, he returned to Smithville to take on the family profession of farming. Arden was a loving and dedicated father to his two children, Dennis and Diane.

While he loved to travel and explore the world, he had a deep commitment to serving his church and community. As a lifelong member of Oak Grove Mennonite Church, he served as Chairman of the Church Council, and as Sunday School Superintendent and Sunday school teacher. His dedication to his church extended to service as President of the Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale Board, President of Mennonite Central Committee Meat Canning, Board Member to Mennonite Mutual Aid, and service through Mennonite Disaster Service in Haiti. He was also active within his community and profession as a farmer. He was a Ruritan Charter Member, Rotarian, Greene Local School Board member, Singer Products Board member, Ohio Potato Growers Association member, and served as president of all five of these organizations at different times. He was also a valued member of the National Potato Board and Smithville Historical Society. In 1961, Arden was presented with the Outstanding Farmer Award by the Wooster Chamber of Commerce.
His community and church will remember him for his many years of service, but his family will remember him for the joy and love he found in his faith, family and many friends which shone on his face with every smile and laugh.


Arden is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mae (Miller) Ramseyer, children, Dennis (Karen) Ramseyer and Diane (Dan) Schwendeman, and his beloved grandchildren, Kendra, Mary, Jenna Ramseyer, Elise (Aaron) Bontrager, and Chauncey Schwendeman. He is also survived by his sisters Esther (James) Miller, Phyllis (Bill) Miller, and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, A.C. and Mary Ramseyer, sister, Irene (Morris) Musser, Edna (E.G.) Kauffman, Erma (Ture) Johnson, Frances (Donald) Gundy, Alvin (Ruth) Ramseyer, and Mary Kay (Virgil) Gerig

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