OBITUARY

Ronnie Dean Coblentz

1 October, 195012 July, 2021
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Ronnie Dean Coblentz, age 70, was called home peacefully on July 12, 2021 surrounded by his family. Ronnie was born on October 1, 1950 in New Madison, Ohio. He was the son of Floyd and Evelyn (Marker) Coblentz. Ronnie was a 1969 graduate of Greenville High School, a 1973 graduate of Manchester University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, and obtained his Masters Degree from Wright State University. For 30 years, Ronnie was a dedicated 2nd grade teacher at Versailles Elementary School. Ronnie loved teaching, and it was a big part of who he was. After retirement, Ronnie continued to find ways to volunteer with children, including through his church, Oakland Church of the Brethren. Ronnie found creative ways of making learning fun, and he encouraged all his students to love learning. In recent years, his past students would remember him and tell him how much of an impact he made on their lives. He truly made a difference. Ronnie loved the outdoors and shared that love with his children and grandchildren throughout his life. He was often found outside fishing at his pond, walking through his woods enjoying the wildlife, hunting, mowing, or tending to his chickens, pheasants, quail, and peacocks. He also had a special talent with woodworking. Not only were his items beautiful, they also filled a purpose and need. He spent his last few years hand crafting wooden spoons and wooden leaves with specialty woods - they are treasures to behold! He took the time to share his techniques with his grandchildren when he was able. He could be found at the First Friday Artisan Walks these past few years on Broadway with his wooden wares. Ronnie is survived by his wife Brenda (Atkinson) Coblentz whom he married 48 years ago on July 7, 1973. Ronnie and Brenda have three children: daughter Shawna (Kevin) Murphy of Louisville, Kentucky, son Micah (Christian) Coblentz of Greenville, Ohio, and daughter Sarah (Matt) Sutter of Greenville, Ohio. Ronnie and Brenda were blessed with eleven grandchildren: Jonah, Elijah, Sam Isaac, Eliza, Eleanor, Anna, Henry, Aden, Evelyn, Lyla, and Ray. He is also survived by his sister Janice (Kenneth) Mowry, brother Gary (Debra) Coblentz, sisters in law, Sylvia Atkinson, Betty (Dale) Huseman, and brothers in law Philip (Carol) Atkinson, Arthur (Linda) Atkinson, and numerous nieces and nephews who were all special to him. He had exceptional friends who were very much a part of his life, past and present. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Marilyn Cox Copley and a grandson, Zane Sutter. He was loved and cherished immensely. There will be a memorial service for Ronnie at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at Oakland Church of the Brethren 8058 Horatio-Harris Creek Road Bradford, Ohio with Pastor Andrew Wright officiating. The family will be receiving friends on Wednesday from 12:30 pm until time of the services in the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to EverHeart Hospice 1350 North Broadway Greenville, Ohio or Oakland Church of the Brethren Children’s Ministry. Funeral arrangements by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio. Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com.

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Mike and Donna Berger

2 August 2021

We are so sorry for your loss. All four of our children had Mr. Coblentz as a second grade teacher and they all loved him. He was a wonderful and kind man and teacher and will be greatly missed.

Kelli Morris

24 July 2021

Mr. Coblentz was an inspiration in the classroom. While he was not my 2nd grade teacher, I volunteered in his classroom as a student aide when I was in high school. He made every student feel welcome and capable.
My condolences to each of his family members and friends for an immense loss. May God provide comfort and peace through your precious memories.

Susan Cox

24 July 2021

Mr. Coblentz was the best. My dad passed away during the year I was in his class. I will never forget his kindness and compassion. He remains to this day my favorite teacher❤️

Dave and Janice Carter

22 July 2021

The service was beautiful! We are so sorry for your loss. We enjoyed the years we were at Oakland with you both.

Marvin Dalton

18 July 2021

I was the intern principal at VES and Ron was teaching 2nd grade and Brenda was also teaching there and I got to know both of them as super teachers. Before that I knew them as parents at Woodland Heights. Ron had a smile on his face all the time and the students that had him as their teacher loved him.
I am sorry for you loss. May he rest in peace.

Marvin Dalton

David DeLaet

18 July 2021

More than 43 years later, I still remember Mr. Coblentz as a kind, supportive, and engaging teacher for our second grade class. I hope that fond memories of your many years together carry you through this difficult time.

David DeLaet

Jodi Brown

17 July 2021

Brenda and family,
You are all in my prayers. I am so sorry for your loss.
Jodi Ruhl Brown and family

Zach McCabe

17 July 2021

One of my favorite memories with Ron was pulling a seine net through the waters of the Greenville creek and examining the fish and crustaceans we had caught. Ron was always a teacher, even in his retirement and his love for nature and explaining the natural world will live on in me. I always valued time with Ron and will remember him fondly as a great father, teacher and pillar of our community.

Emily Roush

16 July 2021

This was the man who taught me how to count money, tell time, balance a feather on my finger, wrap a gift and sign my name in cursive. He was the man who put the fear of God in a boy because he teased me. This was a man who made a huge impact on my life in so many ways at such a young age. I am blessed and thankful to have known him. While I’m am sad to learn he is no longer here I’m comforted knowing he’s with our awesome God.

Larry Wardlaw

15 July 2021

I am so very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all.

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