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Norma J. (Ralston) Putman

December 29, 1936 ~ February 9, 2021 (age 84)


Norma J. Putman, 84, of Rockford, Ohio, passed away Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at Lima Memorial Hospital, where she was a patient. She was born on December 29, 1936, the daughter of George Harold and Ida Marie (Aller) Putman, in Mercer County, Ohio, where she lived all her life. Norma was a Rockford High School graduate of the Class of 1955. On August 16, 1958, she married Howard Blaine Putman, who preceded in death on February 20, 2013. Norma was a homemaker, and helped Howard with the farming—they together raised two daughters, Leisha and Leslie. She had attended the Ross Church of the Brethren, and was a devoted mother. She and Howard did everything together—besides working on the farm, they enjoyed watching The Ohio State University sports, and of course, loved spending time with the family.

Surviving are her two children, Leisha (Troy) Comer of Wapakoneta, Ohio, and Leslie (John) Ringwald of Van Wert, Ohio; three grandchildren: Kristin (Chris) Morehouse, Renee (Dan) Watercutter, and Stephanie (Jason) Schmehl, all of Wapakoneta, Ohio; and six great grandchildren: Chelsea and Keaton Morehouse, Talon and Taeli Schmehl, and Benjamin and Dalton Watercutter. Also surviving is a brother, Donald (Sue) Ralston of Dayton, Ohio, and a sister, Juanita Shaw of Jackson, Michigan. Deceased are her parents, George and Ida, and a brother-in-law, Bill Shaw.

Private services for the family will be held on Friday, February 12, 2021, at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford, Ohio. Burial will follow in Mercer Memory Gardens, Celina, Ohio. A time for the family will take place one hour prior to services. Condolences may be expressed at

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