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Ralph Edwin Coffman, 78, of Leetown passed away surrounded by family at Hospice of the Panhandle on December 11, 2019.

Ralph was born September 1, 1941, in Purgittsville, WV to Lynn T. Coffman and Edith C. Hahn Coffman.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Anna Mae Sine Coffman, one brother, Gary L. Coffman (Debbie) of Charles Town, two sisters, Beverly A. Coffman and Sandra K. Coffman, of Leetown. Uncle Ralphie is survived by nieces, Suzanne Coffman, Kelly (Stephen) Hargreaves, Sharon Johnston, Rebecca (Jeff) Rubeck, and Julie Fogle and nephews, Wallace (Ruth) Mills, Richard (Kathy) Mills, Alvin (Kaye) Mills, Greg Mills, Kenneth (Jennifer) Coffman, Phillip Coffman, and Richard “Bob” Coffman and special nephew, Ernie Burkett, whom he regarded as a son, and numerous great nieces and great nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great nephews and one great-great-great-niece and two great-great-great-nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three brothers and their wives, Carl E. Coffman (Jeanie), Kenneth D. Coffman (Ann), Harry F. Coffman (Betty), and two sisters, Betty Jo Mills (Barney) and Phyllis L. Coffman and special nieces, April Burkett and Nancy Mills and fishing buddy, nephew, Alyn W. Mills.

Ralph belonged to the American Legion and was a life-long member of St. Thomas Lutheran Church.

He graduated from Charles Town High School in 1961. Ralph then joined the U.S. Army and served in Korea and Ft. Hood, Texas where he bought a bullwhip and almost whipped himself to death. He soon realized he was no “Lash LaRue”.

Ralph started working with the A&P Store in Charles Town at the age of 16 and continued working with the store when it became Super Fresh. At 50, Ralph retired from Super Fresh in Brunswick and never looked back.

Ralph had a broad smile, big dimples, and such a pleasant personality that he was easy to love. He also had a great sense of humor. He was quick to tell everyone that he needed no encyclopedias because his wife knew everything. Anna agreed!

Ralph enjoyed watching the Redskins, fishing in the Outer Banks and Trout Pond in Wardensville, planting his garden, growing huge potatoes, mushroom hunting and being a fireman for the family chicken frys.

The viewing was Sunday, December 15, 2019 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town.

Services were held Monday, December 16, 2019 at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Charles Town with Pastor Diane Day officiating.

Interment was in Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Martinsburg.

Flowers are welcome but memorial contributions may be made to St. Thomas Lutheran Church, 111 South Seminary St., Charles Town, WV 25414 or Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV 25430.

Please sign the online guestbook and view his obituary at www.mtstrider.com


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