Obituary Ralph Keith Withee, 91, of Hannibal

Ralph Keith Withee
Posted: Aug. 1, 2019 5:27 pm

Ralph Keith Withee, 91, of Hannibal, passed away at 9:52 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at his home.

Funeral services will be at 12 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal. Deacon Corey King will officiate. Burial will be at Grand View Burial Park in Hannibal.

Friends and family are invited to Ralph's Life Celebration at a visitation that will be from 11 a.m. until the time of service Tuesday at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home.

Ralph was born Dec. 9, 1927, in Barry, Ill. to Orin Kasner and Wilma Lucille Hoskins Withee.

Survivors include seven children, John Withee (Peggy) of the Lake of the Ozarks, Linda Whaley (Robert) of Manchester, Jackie Rouse of North Carolina, Gina Coffey (Paul) of Hannibal, Mary Withee Rhodes (Eric Johnston) of Hannibal, James Withee of Hannibal and Kenny Withee of Hannibal; one daughter in law, Karen Withee of St. Peters. Ralph is also survived by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Roger Withee; one brother, Kenneth C. Withee; and one great-grandson, Roger Keith Withee Jr.

Professionally, Ralph was an optician for Duffen Optical for many years before his retirement.

Woodworking was one of Ralph's talents, making many birdhouses and wishing wells for family and friends. In his spare time, he loved to go fishing and play bingo. Ralph was also musically talented and could play the steel guitar and the harmonica. Fishing, spending time with his pet geese and watching old westerns were a few of Ralph's favorites. Barry, Illinois will also be remembered as a special place to Ralph.

Ralph proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.

Ralph attended Faith Chapel and was a Christian by faith.

Pallbearers will be Paul Coffey, PJ Coffey, Brad Yohn, Rick LaFond, Beanie Yohn and Kevin Reddick.

Honorary pallbearers will be Kenny Withee and James Withee.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

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