Columbiana Ralph Edward Bartholow, 88, of Columbiana, went home to rest with his Lord at 9:45 a.m. Friday, February 14, 2014, at Parkside Health Care Center, Columbiana.
He was born on December 14, 1925 in Salem, a son of the late Ralph Emerson and Mary Allen Bartholow.
Ralph was a World War II veteran who proudly served with the US Navy. He witnessed the iconic “flag raising ceremony” on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima. He and his wife visited the island 50 years later to pay their respects to the many fallen soldiers.
Ralph owned an electronics business, and later managed his own private airport. He was an avid pilot and built his own airplane over a 20 year timeframe. He was an active member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and made many trips to Oshkosh, Wisconsin for the annual Fly-In.
He bravely fought Multiple Sclerosis for 56 years and more recently suffered a stroke. He would say, “I may have MS, but it doesn’t have me!” He will be remembered for his sense of humor and determined spirit. He will be so missed by his family, friends, and caregivers.
He is survived by his daughters, Cheryl L. (John) Whitten of Fox River Grove, IL and Nancy A. (James) McKinney of Cranberry Township, PA; a daughter in-law, Debra J. Mullen of Lisbon; two siblings, Arley Bartholow of Columbiana and Twila Mae Weisenberger of Hampton, VA; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Ralph was preceded in death by his wife, the former, Elizabeth Ann Harrold, whom he married February 1, 1947; a son, Timothy R. Bartholow and two brothers, Donald and Harold Bartholow.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 18, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church of Columbiana. Military honors will be rendered by the honor guard from the Benjamin Firestone Post #290 at the church. Burial will follow in Locust Grove Baptist Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home, Columbiana from 5-8 p.m. on Monday, and at the church one hour prior to the services on Tuesday.
Contributions may be made in his memory to Hospice of the Valley or the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
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