Ruth Grace Cruver Nettleingham


Ruth Grace Cruver Nettleingham, 87, of Bellefontaine, went to be with her Lord and family at 1:20 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, at her home.

She was born in Somerset County Hospital, New Jersey, on Sept. 15, 1929, to the late Elwood and Grace Snyder Cruver.

Ruth is survived by her husband Richard “Dick” Nettleingham; they were married on April 22, 1972, and had 45 years of life together. Ruth was a tiny lady with a giant heart whose love helped to blend two families into one. Their blended family consisted of their children, Gary C. (Robin) Smith, Belinda G. Savage, Joan E.  Nettleingham, Dawn M. (Keith) Ryan and Melissa K. (Greg) Bohrer; 13 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Richard David Nettleingham; and three brothers, Donald, William and Robert Cruver.

Ruth was a member of Lewistown Trinity United Methodist Church and loved to let the Lord shine through her. She loved to volunteer her time to the church and other local and community organizations wherever she felt she was needed, whether that was baking cookies for fundraisers, as a Sunday school teacher or many of the other things she loved to do, which are too numerous to mention. In doing so, she touched and changed many lives.

Pastor Debra S. Ketcham will officiate a funeral service at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, at the Lewistown Trinity United Methodist Church, 8088 County Road 54, Lewistown, where visitation will be an hour prior. Burial will be in Pillar of Fire Cemetery in Zaraphath, N.J.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Ruth’s memory, to Lewistown Trinity United Methodist Church, 8088 County Road 54, Lewistown, OH 43333.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Bellefontaine and online condolences may be expressed at