Ralph Lee Hootman

Ralph Lee Hootman,  89,  Newcomerstown,  entered into eternal rest early Sunday morning, November 3, 2013 at his Newcomerstown residence following an extended illness.  Ralph was  born  in Newcomerstown on March 14,1924, a son of the late Walter L. and Alice G. Decker Hootman Besst.  

He was a graduate of Newcomerstown High School, class of 1942. Ralph then enlisted in the  Army in 1943 and served as a sergeant with the 69th Heavy Weapons and Infantry Division in the Rhineland and central Europe during World War11. Following his honorable discharge from the Army in 1946, he returned to civilian life.  Ralph was employed as a machine operator with Armco Steel, Coshocton Stainless Division (Cyclops), for over 28 years before his retirement in1988.  He was a life member of the  B.P.O.E. #  1555,  Elks Lodge, Newcomerstown.  Ralph was a loving husband to both of his wives. He enjoyed singing, dancing, taking automobile rides in the country, and coin collecting.
Ralph was  preceded  in  death   by his  first  wife,  Erma   M. "Peg" Glazer Hootman, Newcomerstown,  who died on July 3,1993, and whom he married September 5,1946. Also deceased are a brother, Homer Louis "Cy" Hootman, Newcomerstown, and a step son, Randy Lane Gross, Stone Creek.
He is  survived by his second wife,  Dorothy Lucille Stocker Gross Hootman, Newcomerstown,  with whom he shared 13 wonderful years of marriage.  Ralph and Dorothy were married on June 1, 2000.  

Also surviving are his brother,  William W. Hootman, Newcomerstown, and three nieces from the Glazer family- Lana Glazer Loader, Brenda Glazer Lamitina, and Roxie Glazer Gerber. Ralph also leaves several stepchildren from the Gross family: William Lee and  wife Becky Ann  Christner  Gross, New Philadelphia,  Bob Alan Gross and his  companion, Cathy Felgenhauer, Stone Creek, and Gloria Jean and husband Michael Joseph Cua, New Philadelphia.  Also surviving are  numerous  step grandchildren and  their families: Heather and Justin Agar and children Sloan and Oscar, New Philadelphia,  Dennis and Tracy Gross and children Khole and Cooper, Melbourne, Florida, Dawn Gross and children  Tori and 
Libby, Robbie and Theresa Gross and children Nicole, Cody, and Kaley, Kevin Cua and children Megan and Camden, Keith and Abby Knight Cua and children Nick and Ansley, and Eric and Jen Harvey Cua and children Jace and Sage.
To honor  Ralph's wishes, no visiting hours will be observed. Public graveside services and burial will be held on Wednesday, November 6, 1:00 PM, at  the Salem-Union Cemetery, Port Washington.  Military grave  side  services will also be conducted by the Newcomerstown Veterans' Honor Guard. The family is requesting that memorials be made in Ralph's name to Health Services of Coshocton County (Coshocton County Hospice), PO Box  1284, Coshocton  43812.  The Ourant Funeral Home is assisting  the family with all the arrangements.
Ourant Funeral Home of Newcomerstown


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