Ralph Edward Wiseman

Born: Wed., Oct. 20, 1954
Died: Sat., Dec. 28, 2019


2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Jan. 02, 2020
Location: Hill Funeral Home

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Fri., Jan. 03, 2020
Location: Hill Funeral Home

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Ralph E. Wiseman

    On December 28, 2019, Ralph E. Wiseman, 65, of Kingston, Ohio died unexpectedly at Berger Hospital. He was born October 20, 1954, in Charleston, W.Va., to Willard R. “Pete” and Janice S. Wiseman.

    Ralph was a graduate of Logan Elm High School and Ohio Diesel Tech, where he graduated top in his class.  He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge #624, Operating Engineers Local 18, and a former employee of Dineen Excavating, where he spent most of his career as a field mechanic.

    His knowledge and expertise of Detroit, Cat, and Cummins engines was second to none (a tribute he credits to Myron Benner, Jim Wilson , and Jim North).  Ralph continued to pass this gift through his good friend, Dave Strittmater.   Friends and strangers sought his abilities, claiming he “knew how to make a Detroit run on a $1.50 in quarters.”

    Ralph especially enjoyed antique tractor pulls with his sons. His love of tractor pulling included an all time favorite, the Oliver Super 99GM.  In the early 1990’s, Ralph, along with John Pontius, designed and built the pulling sled still in use today.  Last year, Ralph’s dream of getting to run his hometown, Ross County Tractor Pull, became a reality.

    In addition to his sons, Jason (Lisa) Wiseman and Justin (Ashley) Wiseman, Ralph is survived by his loving wife, Lois (Beavers), who he married February 11, 2006; his mother, Janice Wiseman; sister, Debbie (Dennis) Shaw; grandchildren, Leah, Madelyn, Abby and Ella Mae Wiseman; step children, Kamra (Dan) Gilmore, Bill (Misty) Stewart, Josh (Amber) Stewart; eleven step grandchildren and great grandchildren; niece, Jennifer (Barry) Petty; and nephew, Josh (Sarah) Shaw. Ralph had many special cousins, nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, including Brad, Chris, and Joe Wiseman, Diana Casto and Cindy Murray.

    Ralph was predeceased by his father, Pete, and cousin, James Wiseman.  

    Innumerable lives were touched in the Kingston community and beyond of those he called ‘friends.’  It has been said: “Ralph had a heart as big as the ocean for those he loved.” Ralph’s last breath was one of acceptance as he prayed to our Heavenly Father. Truly, Kingston has lost a legacy as his stories live on.

    Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 3 at 1:00 p.m. at the HILL FUNERAL HOME, Kingston with Rev. Barry Bennett officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 2 - 8 p.m. with a Masonic Service at 7:30 p.m. and Friday an hour prior to the service at Hill’s. Condolences can be made on Ralph’s online guest registry at www.hillfhkingston.com.

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Patricia Meyer
   Posted Mon December 30, 2019
Rest in Peace, Ralph, in the arms of our Loving Lord.

Barbara Grubb
   Posted Mon December 30, 2019
Jason and Lisa so sorry hear about your loss
I'll be praying for you

PAUL & Carol Priest
   Posted Mon December 30, 2019
Prayers for Lois and family. Will miss Ralph meeting on the streets of Kingston, him on his wheel chair, me on my scooter, looking like we are raising. Farewell Ralph.

Ann Ford
   Posted Mon December 30, 2019
So sorry to hear of Ralph’s passing. He had such a great sense of humor and truly loved our little town. He will be greatly missed!

Carol Gaul
   Posted Tue December 31, 2019


So sorry to hear about Ralph. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. C &C Repairs Chuck and Carol Gaul

Kathy Bennett
   Posted Tue December 31, 2019
Lois and family. So sorry to hear of Ralph's passing. He was a wonderful, loving man and will be dearly missed by those that knew him. May God guide and comfort you and your family through this journey. Kathy Bennett

Becky Williams
   Posted Tue December 31, 2019
Ralph’s friendship was a ‘gift’ I truly treasured. Ralph touched and enriched so many lives by his willingness to assist, even a stranger, that needed a helping hand. His larger than life personality and ability to call a situation exactly as it was touched the very core of my being. His many sayings that related to whatever situation he found himself in; ex; “Size Matters” (driving a dually pickup) “Going in Style” (His fifth wheel camper)
I will miss Ralph more than there are words to express. Prayers for his loving wife, Lois and all family and friends as we continue to live on with wonderful memories of The Ralph, a very Wiseman.

Brad Winland
   Posted Tue December 31, 2019
Jason and family, our prayers are with you in the losing of your Dad.

Brad & Cindy Winland

   Posted Tue December 31, 2019

RAYS OF SUMMER SUNSHINE was sent by Dave, Laura, Justin .

Thinking of you all as you celebrate Ralph's remarkable life. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Dave, Laura, Justin & Jessica Strittmatter

Sherri Reed
   Posted Tue December 31, 2019
Praying God’s peace help you at this difficult time. Ralph was a lot like his father..very kind

Helen White
   Posted Tue December 31, 2019
Saddened to hear of your loss. Thinking of you all, Helen

Claudia Gozberk
   Posted Wed January 01, 2020
Jason, Justin, Mr. & Mrs. Wiseman & Family,
I am so sorry to hear -shocked-of Ralph’s passing. He was a wonderful person and I am So glad he touched my life. Ralph was a guy who worked very hard to always make things work. He was a great neighbor & friend & X-Bro-In-Law. I will always remember all the laughs that we had and the stories that we told. My thoughts and prayers go out to His the boys, Ralphs Parent’s, Ralph’s wife, Lois and his friends. God Speed my friend!
Claudia Gozberk

Village of Kingston
   Posted Wed January 01, 2020
On behalf of the Village of Kingston, please accept our condolences. Ralph was a vital part of our community and will be sadly missed. Your family is in our thought and prayers. The Kingston Village Council

David Nye Greeno
   Posted Thu January 02, 2020

I am so sorry for your family's loss. You have my deepest sympathies !

Dave Greeno

Carol Thompson
   Posted Thu January 02, 2020
Lois and family I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to all of you. Carol Thompson, Jason Clark, and Holly Clark Deem.

   Posted Thu January 02, 2020
Jason & Justin,

Thinking of you and your amazing family at this difficult time.
Much love to you all!

Connie and Mike Gahm
   Posted Sun January 05, 2020
We still cannot believe Ralph is gone. He was larger than life! Yes, he was rough and tough, but he had a heart of gold. We certainly had many good memories during the time Justin was playing baseball with our sons. So much fun! He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. That was evident at his calling hours and funeral.

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