Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


December 6, 2013

Franklin Delano “Dennie” Riffe 1936-2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON — Franklin Delano “Pappaw” Riffe, 77, of South Charleston, passed away Dec. 3, 2013, at home.

He was born at home in Wurtland, Ky., on Sept. 26, 1936, to James Paul and Alma Lorene Riffe. Dennie grew up on the Riffe family farm in Kentucky.  He and Norma Jean Hartley married on Sept. 6, 1957, at Old Orchard Church of Christ in Ashland, Ky. They moved to South Charleston in 1959.

Frank retired from Chemical Leaman Tank Lines in 1992 as a professional truck driver with 30 years of service and safe driving. He was a member of Teamsters Local 175.

Dennie “Pappaw” enjoyed camping, fishing, family vacations and cattle farming. His most enjoyment in life came from his children and grandchildren.  

Dennie was preceded in death by his father and mother; his sister, Alberta Gevedon; and four brothers, William “Toadie,” Jack, Larry and Donnie.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Norma Jean Hartley Riffe; and his children, Cathy Shriver and husband Ted of Pinch, Becky Bowman of Nags Head, N.C., Libby Blake and husband Mike of South Charleston and Franklin “Dennie” Riffe Jr. and companion Sandra Childress of South Charleston.  

Also surviving are grandchildren Joshua Shriver and wife Candi and stepgreat-grandchildren Myrissa and Freddy, Megan Bowman, George Bowman Jr., Justin Bowman, Aaron Bowman and Michael Blake.  

He also is survived by sisters-in-law Louise Riffe and Sue Riffe; brother-in-law Everett “Sonny” Gevedon; and several nieces and nephews.

A service to honor the life of Dennie will be at noon Saturday, Dec. 7 at Snodgrass Funeral Home in South Charleston by Pastor Mark Patton. Friends may call two hours before the service. Burial will be in Scott Family Cemetery at Oldtown, Ky.

Pallbearers will be Dennie Riffe, Joshua Shriver, George Bowman Jr., Justin Bowman, Aaron Bowman, Michael Blake, Mike Blake and Ted Shriver.

Cathy, Becky and Libby would like to extend a loving, special thank you to our brother for giving our dad excellent loving care through the years of his illness.  

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1601 Second Ave., Charleston, WV 25387; call (304) 343-2717.

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