1930 Delmar 2012

Delmar Ray Riffe

March 6, 1930 — May 14, 2012

Delmar Ray Riffe, 82, of Grandview, passed on to his heavenly rest May 14, 2012, after a short battle with cancer.

Born March 6, 1930, in Mabscott, W.Va., he was the son of the late Charles Walton and Alma Meadows Riffe.

He is survived by his wife, Jean; two sons, Daniel Riffe and wife Sandie of Trinity, Fla., and David Riffe of New Stanton, Pa.; two step-daughters, Tami Wyant and husband Jerry of Mayer, Ariz., and Angela Hitt of Flowood, Miss.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Sandra Smith and three brothers, Charles Walton Riffe Jr., Carl Riffe and Gene Riffe.

Other survivors include four grandchildren: Alana, Danny, Donnie and Maya; six brothers and seven sisters: Ruth Astle of Beckley, Rosanna Looney, Bill, Howard, Vivian, Robert, Butch, and Becky Riffe, all of Crab Orchard, Mary Ellifritt of Gainesville, Fla., Jan of Dawson, Orpha Loretta Lilly of Columbia, S.C., Don of Roswell, Ga., and Rachel Patton of Westerville, Ohio.

Ray was a graduate of VPI (Virginia Tech) with a B.S. and an M.S. in engineering. He served in the U.S. Army from January 1954 to December 1955. After a long career with Westinghouse, he worked as a consultant for several firms, and retired from Americold Corp. He resided with his wife, Jean, at Grandview. He was a member of Northgate Southern Baptist Church in Beckley. He was a member of MENSA and Intertel.

Friends may call at Calfee Funeral Home in Beckley, on Wednesday, May 16, at 10 a.m. followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. with Rev. Craig Stevens officiating, an eulogy will be delivered by Rev. Mark Iobst. Interment will follow at the Calfee Cemetery at Mt. Tabor.

Ed Rucker, Dale Wooten, Bruce Meadows, Isaac Mills, James Watkins and Rick Smith will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Northgate Baptist Church, 301 Pinewood Dr., Beckley, WV, 25801.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.
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