OBITUARY

Ralph Clifford Bohon

April 5, 1923December 30, 2013

Ralph C. Bohon died peacefully on Dec. 30, 2013 surrounded by his family. He was born Apr. 5, 1923 to Mabel and Ralph Bohon in Clarksburg, W.Va. and was the oldest of eight children. He is predeceased by his parents and four siblings: Gerald (Jerry), Robert (Bobby), Kenneth (Kenny) and his only sister Carole.

Ralph is survived by his “life’s sweetheart” Janice Grove Bohon whom he was married to for 62 years. Left also to cherish his memory is his “wonderful” daughter and son-in-law: Judith (Judy) & Ray Campbell of Va. Beach and his “wonderful” son and daughter-in-law: Gary R. & Cynthia (Cindy) Bohon of Midlothian. He was affectionately known as “Papaw” to his three Granddaughters: Laura Simpkins of Concord, Kymberlee Simpkins of Naples FL and Laura Rollins of Winchester and four Great-Grandsons: Brandon Simpkins, Matthew Simpkins, Nicholas Simpkins and Tripp Rollins. Ralph also leaves an extended family along with his three surviving brothers: James (Jim), John (Jack) of Baltimore and William (Bill) of Wilmington, NC and their wives.

Although he was born in W.VA he grew up in Baltimore and during his adult life he lived in Norfolk, Winchester and since 1964 Richmond, VA. Ralph worked for United Delco/Div. of General Motors as a district manager for 25 years before his medical retirement in 1980. Upon retirement he had built a “log cabin” in Monterey, VA and he and Janice spent many happy spring through fall days there in the beautiful High Valley.

Ralph loved his country and served as a combat engineer with the 613th and then as a combat infantryman with the Third Army in WWII under General Patton. He earned four Battle Stars and a combat infantry badge in Normandy and Northern France. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to the Salvation Army or the Wounded Warriors Project.

Family will receive friends Friday Jan.3, from 11am –12pm at Woody Funeral Home, 1771 N. Parham Rd. Graveside service will be held at 2pm at the Westhampton Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel, 10000 Patterson Ave.

REMEMBERING

Ralph Clifford Bohon

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Carolyn O'Toole

January 2, 2014

Dear Judy, My heart goes out to you and your family. You are in my prayers as you grieve the loss of a wonderful man and much beloved family member. I am sorry I did not know him as he truly was part of "the greatest generation" who molded our lives and values. Lovingly, Carolyn

Jane Hixon

January 2, 2014

It is so hard to say good-by
To someone that you love
Although you know they're safe
with God up above-
It doesn't seem to matter
If they are in their later years
It only means more memories
To carry through the years.
Don't let yourselves forget
We Each have numbered days
For reasons we know NOT
God wanted it this way.
Tears wash away some pain
But not the boundless love
And memories live forever safe
And shine like the stars above!
Now the lives we chanced to share
No matter if brief or long
The Memories will be ever there
As Grief gives way to Song!

You all are loved and remembered in prayer.

January 2, 2014

December 31, 2013

I was so saddened to hear of Ralph's passing. What a kind and friendly man he was and a dear friend of my father during their years at Dogwood Terrace. My sincere condolences to his lovely and dear wife Janice, their children Gary and Judy and their families. My sister and I so enjoyed getting to know Ralph on our many visits to share meals with Dad, Ralph, Janice and their table mates. Ralph always had a smile and cheerful stories for us during those visits. I know he added much happiness to each person's life that he touched and he will be missed. Debbie Breeden

Bud Hazelgrove, GM

December 31, 2013

Please accept Woody staff condolences for your loss. You can depend on us to assist you on this journey and we will strive for your complete satisfaction while your loved one is in our care. We believe you deserve nothing less. For these difficult days, we will be honored to have you consider our home and family a part of yours.

FROM THE FAMILY