In Memoriam


LIMA — Ralph Bennett passed away on December 9, 2021 after a long battle with cancer.


Ralph was born to Ralph A. Bennett and Helen (Wright) Bennett on August 18, 1937 in Niagara Falls, New York.

Ralph retired from Ford Motor Company after 21 years.


Ralph met his wife, Sharon at Encore Theater in 1961. They were married in 1962 and remained members of the theater for 30 years. They had one Son, Brett Bennett. Ralph served on the Board of Trustees and appeared in several plays.


He was a Track and Cross Country Coach for Lima Central Catholic and Lima Senior High for 30 years. Coaching was his passion.

He was just informed that he would be inducted into the Coaches Hall of Fame in February, 2022. He was extremely proud of this Honor. He was a member of the Lima Noon Optimist Club and was named "Optimist of the Year".


He loved spending time with his family and friends going to plays and concerts. He will be sorely missed.

He is survived by their son, Brett (Malinda), Grandson, Taylor (Kayla), Marysville, Ohio, Grandson, Robert (Makaela), Coral Gables, FL, Grandson, Aaron, Grandson, Alex and Grandaughter, Bailey, Sister, Nola (Wayne) Zeches.


Friends may call from noon until time of services at 2:00 pm Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at CHILES LAMAN FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES SHAWNEE CHAPEL with Rev. John Foster officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.


Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church or Lima Senior Athletic Department.