Ralph H. Grothouse, age 95 passed away Monday, January 18, 2016 at IU Health Hospital in Bloomington. He was a resident of Nashville.
Ralph was born November 17, 1920, in Delphos, Ohio, to the late Louis and Rosa (Ardner) Grothouse. He was a 1939 graduate of Jefferson High School in Delphos and went on to serve as a Technical Sergeant with the Army Airways Communications System of the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. After the service, he earned degrees in Business Administration and Accounting from Tri-State University in Angola, Indiana in 1948.
Ralph spent thirty-five years in the healthcare industry. He was instrumental in developing the American Hospital Associations' Cost Allocation Program and continued to direct the operation of that program for over twenty years. Ralph lectured extensively throughout the United States at various workshops, seminars, and Graduate School programs in Hospital Administration. He was regarded as an authority on Healthcare Third Party Reimbursement. Ralph received a one year appointment as a special consultant to the Social Security Administration on revisions to the Medicare Reimbursement Formula. In 1984 Ralph retired from the American Hospital Association in Chicago where he held the prestigious position of Associate Director and Manager of Operations for the Division of Hospital Administrative Services.
Ralph was a member of the St. Agnes Catholic Church in Nashville, Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity, the American Legion, Brown County Bald Eagles, AACS Alumni, and a past member of the Exchange Club and the Knights of Columbus.
He is survived by his wife, Christine Rose (Schulz) Grothouse whom he married on September 4, 1971 in Greencastle; daughters, Susan Ann (Richard) Rannochio of Bloomington and Sara Ann (Colquett) Van Dyke of Collierville, TN; grandchildren, Elliot (April) May of Mississippi, Erik (Jenna) May of Nashville, TN, Alexander and Jessica Rannochio both of Bloomington; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ralph was preceded in death by his siblings, Rita Grothouse, Richard, George, Irvin, Eugene and Earl Grothouse.
Father Eric Augenstein will conduct a Celebration of Life service at 11 a.m. on Friday at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1008 McLary Road in Nashville. Friends may visit from 10 a.m. until time of service on Friday at the church. Military rites will be presented by the Brown County Honor Guard following the service at the church on Friday. Funeral services have been entrusted to Meredith – Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown.
Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Ralph to Brown County Humane Society, PO Box 746, Nashville, IN 47448.
Expressions of caring and kindness may be sent to the Grothouse family at www.meredith-clark.com.