Ruth Marie King


Ruth Marie King, 79, of West Liberty, passed away Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at Green Hills, West Liberty.

She was born in Logan County on Sept. 16, 1934, to the late Mike and Mary Tilton Melah.

She is survived by her sister, Anna May Jenkins; sisters-in-law, Joanna Watt, Toi King and Kay King; children, Vicki (Carl) Zahller of West Liberty and their children Caleb (Cassie) Zahller of Columbus and Joshua Zahller of West Liberty; Mike (Shelley) King of West Liberty and their children Heather (Rob) Smorey of Canal Winchester, Holly (Ben) Miller of Bellefontaine and Jason King of Marysville; and Kathy (Al) Hyland of West Liberty, and their children Emily Hyland and Ben Hyland, both of West Liberty; and a great granddaughter, Brianna Miller of Bellefontaine.

On Feb. 1, 1953, she married her middle school/high school sweetheart George “Bud” King, who preceded her in death Oct. 14, 1998. She also was preceded in death by her sister, Rosella “Mousey” Buroker.

She was a 1952 graduate of West Liberty High School.

For 30 years, Ruthie thoroughly enjoyed teaching the Toddler Sunday School class at West Liberty First Church of God. She loved her students and they adored her.

Ruthie will also be remembered as the perfect grandmother. The gentle, godly woman loved to babysit her grandchildren and to cook for her family. Grandchildren could drop in at her house at anytime and be sure her face would light up upon seeing them and homemade cookies would be waiting for them in her inviting kitchen. Her holiday cutout cookies were the family’s favorite. She would also try to attend all the grandchildren’s school and sport events. She loved her grandkids so much and wanted them to feel that love.

Ruthie also enjoyed reading books and newspapers and watching the Cincinnati Reds and OSU football and basketball.

Visitation begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at the West Liberty First Church of God, followed by the celebration of life service at 10:30 a.m. Pallbearers will include Jason King, Caleb Zahller, Joshua Zahller, Ben Hyland, Rob Smorey, Ben Miller, Al Hyland and Carl Zahller.

Memorial contributions may be made to Universal Home Health and Hospice, 701 S Main St., Bellefontaine 43311; and the Logan County Cancer Society, c/o Mary Rutan Foundation, 205 Palmer Ave., Bellefontaine OH 43311.

Funeral arrangements are in the care of Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home, West Liberty, where condolences can be expressed at