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Ralph Russell Brill

July 27, 1938 ~ May 8, 2022 (age 83)


Ralph Russell Brill, age 83 of 107 North High Street, Freeport died peacefully at 9:45 a.m. Sunday, May 8, 2022 in his home surrounded by family.

Born July 27, 1938 in Barnesville, Belmont County, Ohio to the late Charles Edward Brill and Mildred Ann Bailey Brill.

Ralph attended school at Leatherwood in Barnesville until it closed, then attended Barnesville School. He grew up on a two-hundred-acre dairy farm outside of Boston and at the age of 17 started driving truck for Barrett’s Poultry Farm of Belmont, then worked at Clay City Sewer Pipe for a couple years, then worked out of the Construction Labor Union of Akron, then operated bulldozer / heavy equipment for R&F Coal of Cadiz for 26 years, retiring in 1998. He earned several safety awards while working for R&F. After retirement he worked for Cravat Coal Company for four years in reclamation.

Ralph was an honorary member of the Freeport Farmers Sportsman Club, a 50 plus years member of the Kirkwood Lodge # 446 of Hendrysburg, and a member of the Freeport Church of Christ. He enjoyed fishing and hunting in his younger days, loved attending truck pulls, collects belt buckles, and enjoyed spending time with his family.

Surviving are his children: Tamie (Rocky) Phillips of Tippecanoe, Kathy (Scott) Brown of Cambridge, Russell (April) Brill, II of Freeport; Grandchildren: Ammie (James) Katicich, Lisa (Bobby) Haver, Joshua (Heather) Phillips, Travis Brooks, Angie (Andy) Slaughter, Maryann Hart, Abby Hart, Michael Hart, Carter Brown, and Audra Brown; Great-Grandchildren: Hannah Katicich, Paige Katicich, Jeremy Haver, Jacob Haver, Ashlee Phillips, Kaylee Phillips, Kolton Phillips, Mahala Brooks, Taylar Slaughter, Ryley Slaughter, Colton Slaughter, AJ Slaughter, and Karina Brown; two brothers: Gene Brill of Lafferty and Fred (Connie) Brill of Barnesville; a sister: Barb (deceased Kenny) Stephens of Barnesville; a sister-in-law, Wanda Brill of Barnesville; two good friends and caregivers: Mari Crawley and Rachael Trushel; and a step-daughter, Karen (Philip) Ruffini of Dennison; five step-grandchildren: Melissa Hines, Josh Luyster, Jana (Jake) McDonald, Alan (Sydney) Ruffini, and Brian Ruffini; and three step-great-granddaughters: Kortnie Luyster, Evangelena Hines, and Averie Helms.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his children:  Betty P. Stine Brill on August 4, 2008; his second wife of eleven years, Alma Faye Smith Luyster Brill who died April 7, 2022; a brother Tom Brill, and a step-son, Michael Luyster.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 11 in Koch Funeral Home, 216 S High Street, Freeport. A service will be held in the funeral home at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 12, 2022. Burial will follow in Greenmont Union Cemetery, Freeport.

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May 11, 2022

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Koch Funeral Home
216 S High St
Freeport, Ohio 43973

Funeral Service
May 12, 2022

11:00 AM
Koch Funeral Home
216 S High St
Freeport, Ohio 43973


Greenmont Union Cemetery
78098 Freeport-Tippecanoe Road
Freeport, Ohio 43973

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