Ralph Anthony Bash, 76, of Roxboro, died Monday, Oct. 26, 2020 at his home. Born in Richland County, Ohio, he was the son of the late Ralph Joseph Bash and Agnes Helen Krauza Bash. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his siblings: Jean Wickham and Bill Bash. Mr. Bash was of the Catholic faith.
Ralph grew up in Loudonville, Ohio. His trademark work ethic was established early, when he started his first paper route at 5 and continued working at Derrenberger’s Grocery through his teenage years. He was a standout athlete at Loudonville High, playing football (All-Ohio), baseball, and basketball as well being an exemplary student.
After graduation, he worked at the foundry in Perrysville and for the Flexible Bus Company prior to attending BGSU and meeting the love of his life, Jamie, and obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in accounting. Ralph served two years in the U.S. Army at Fort Knox. He and Jamie were married July 6, 1968 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Loudonville.
Following his discharge from Service, Ralph was hired by the Dana Corporation where he stayed for 35 years; beginning with the audit staff and working his way up to plant manager and division controller before retiring in 2002. The family moved frequently, but made life-long friends at all stops, including Toledo, Ohio; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Chelsea, Mich.; Janesville, Wisc.; Gastonia and Greensboro; and Covington, Ky.
Throughout all of that, Ralph instilled his love of the outdoors into his children with many memorable camping and fishing trips. Always in need of a project and with no challenge too great, Ralph was the general contractor for he and Jamie’s dream home in Buffalo Junction, Va. in 2002. In search of greener fishing pastures, he decided to do it all over again in 2006 at Mayo Lake in North Carolina where they have stayed for almost 15 years. You could always find him in the garage, lovingly restoring a classic car from dilapidated to immaculate (including a 1934 Chevy, 1932 Chevy, 1948 Buick, 1950 Chevy, 1965 Mustang and 1940 Ford); or putting a line in the water with family and friends. Always one to make you laugh, he was an amazing storyteller, larger than life personality and comforting presence.
He will be sorely missed as a husband, father, friend, fishing buddy, car guru and accounting mentor.
Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Jamie Kramer Bash of Roxboro; four children: Jennifer Bash Fortner (David) of Cary; Joseph Anthony Bash (Alison) of Zionsville, Ind.; Jeremy Robert Bash (Megan) of Cary; and Ryan Edward Bash of Hoover, Ala.; five siblings: Rita Denholm, Michael Bash (Joy), Barbara Porter, Mary Hudson (Dave) and Betty Massaro, all of Ohio; seven grandchildren: Jake Fortner, Mara Bash, Becka Bash, Drew Bash, Greta Bash, Luke Fortner and Robert Bash; and 27 beloved nieces and nephews.
Memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30, 2020 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Loudonville, Ohio. Officiating will be the Father Vincent Hawk. Burial will follow at the Loudonville Cemetery.
Memorial service will be held in South Boston, Va. at a later date.
Memorials may be made to The Salvation Army online: https://give.salvationarmyusa.org/give/164006/#!/donation/checkout or the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516 Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516. Condolences may be sent to www.brooksandwhite.com.