Ralph Edward Willhelm, 69, died Jan. 25, 2014 in Tallahassee, with his loving wife by his side. Ralph was born on Feb. 25, 1944 in Minimum, Missouri and raised in Annapolis, Missouri. He married Naomi Coleman on Dec. 26, 1972. During their life together they lived in Washington, Alaska, Kentucky, Colorado, and Florida and have left behind dear friends wherever they went. Ralph worked as a firefighter and later as an electrician. His real career, though, was his volunteer ministry. Ralph was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses on March 5, 1980 and since, has spent countless hours teaching the Bible to members of the community and lovingly serving the needs of congregation members wherever he was.
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He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Willhelm and Eula King-Willhelm; his beautiful daughter, Eunita Latash Willhelm and siblings Charlotte Willhelm, Gerald Willhelm, and Shirley Brewer.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Naomi Coleman Willhelm; sons, Robert Willhelm and Aaron Robinson; siblings, Ray Willhelm, Harold Willhelm, Charlie Willhelm, Harvey Willhelm, and Beatrice Ragan (Tom); grandchildren, Angie Carter (Jason) and Joseph Robinson as well as a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives and dear friends.
A private graveside service was held at 10:30 a.m., Jan. 29, 2014 at Pinecrest Memorial Gardens in Marianna, with James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel directing, A memorial service followed at 11:30 a.m., at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses at 3440 Old US Rd in Marianna, Florida. Expressions of sympathy may be made online at www.jamesandsikesfuneralhomes.com
Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on Feb. 5, 2014