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Ralph Edward Melvin Workman

July 27, 1923 ~ March 16, 2018 (age 94)
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Ralph Edward Melvin Workman of Millsboro passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, March 16, 2018 at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. He was 94.

Ralph was born in Shortly, Delaware and was the son of Elwood Workman and Sarah Baker Workman. He had five brothers and sisters, Gladys McCabe (Grise), Thelma Richardson (Alfred), Preston Workman (Mary), Hilda Achilles (Bud), and Kathleen Bryan (Clayton). He was the beloved husband of Ruth Workman. Ralph and Ruth were married for over sixty-two years and lived in Sussex County their entire lives.

Ralph was a family-man and also devoted his life to the family farming business working alongside his father Elwood, brother Preston, and nephews Mark, Pep, and Chuck Workman. After retirement, Ralph enjoyed riding through the countryside of Sussex County keeping tabs on the farms and in his nineties, still visited the office whenever he could. Ralph was an animal lover and especially appreciated his horses and dogs. Ralph was a talented artist with his favorite subjects being the animals that he loved.

Ralph was predeceased by his parents, Elwood and Sarah, his sisters Gladys, Thelma, Hilda and his brother Preston. Ralph is survived by his wife Ruth, his sister Kathleen, his daughters Patti Paleen (Fred) of Hockessin, Rita Lookup (Bryan) of Rehoboth, and Kathleen Marshall (John) of Wilmington, his six grandchildren Joe and Sam Paleen, Sarah and Brandt Lookup, Jack and Paige Marshall, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, March 24th, at Watson Funeral Home Chapel in Millsboro, where friends and family may call after 10:00 AM. Interment will be at the Millsboro Cemetery immediately following the ceremony.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ralph’s memory to Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or your favorite charity.


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