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.