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Ralph Coolidge Rohrer, 84

March 24, 2009

OCT. 20, 1924-MARCH 22, 2009

FREDERICK, Md. - Ralph Coolidge Rohrer, 84, of Frederick, died Sunday, March 22, 2009, at Homewood at Crumland Farms.

Born Oct. 20, 1924, in Harmony, Md., he was the youngest child of the late Harry Davis and Sarah Elizabeth Lutz Rohrer.

A 1941 graduate of Middletown High School, after graduation Ralph was employed by McCain's Orchards until his entry into the Army in 1945. Serving in Korea with Company D, 32nd Infantry Regiment, Ralph was honorably discharged in November 1946.

Ralph met the love of his life, Miriam "Mickey" Virginia Whipp Rohrer, while both were employed at McCain's Orchards. Married on Oct. 26, 1947, they celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary together in 2004. Mickey predeceased Ralph on Nov. 1, 2004.

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On Jan. 17, 1948, Ralph began a lifetime career with the Frederick Motor Company. Starting in the parts department as a clerk, Ralph held various management positions with the company. After 48 years of service, he retired in June 1996 as vice president and general manager.

In addition to his love for Ford cars, Ralph enjoyed the outdoors. In the spring, he and Mickey enjoyed hunting for wild mushrooms in the hills of Harmony and Wolfsville. Ralph also liked to hunt and fish, especially with his two neighbors, the late Nelson T. Main Sr. and John C. Wright. An avid vegetable gardener, Ralph greatly enjoyed spending time raising a wide variety of produce, engaging in friendly gardening competition with his neighbors and sharing the fruits of his labor with others. Ralph's neighbors provided him with much love, support and friendship over the years.

Ralph was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Middletown, for almost 70 years, having joined Zion in May 1939. During his membership, he served several terms on the Church Council. Ralph was also a supporter of his childhood church, The Harmony Lutheran Church.

Ralph was a member of VFW Post 3285 and American Legion Post 11.

Ralph is survived by his three children; Kathy A. Rohrer and companion, George F. Garman, Frederick, David A. Rohrer, wife, Stacy, and granddaughter, Sydney Virginia, of Carlisle, Pa., and R. Thomas Rohrer and wife, Vickie, of Salisbury; stepgrandson, Jonathan Schmidt and family; sisters, Mae L. Main, Myersville, and Nellie B. Draper, Gapland; brothers-in-law, Donald L. Whipp, The Villages, Fla., and Austin T. Brandenburg, Myersville; and several nieces and nephews.

Ralph was predeceased by an infant sister, Gladys Virginia Rohrer; his brother, Ray Nelson Rohrer on March 24, 1937; and sisters, Mary C. Axline, Irene E. Rohrer and Grace E. Brandenburg.

The family would like to thank the staff of Meadows Court, Homewood, for the love and care that they gave so generously to our father while he was a resident.

The family will receive friends at Stauffer Funeral Home, 1621 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, on Wednesday, March 25, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., where services will be held Thursday, March 26, at 11 a.m.

Interment will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Middletown.

Pallbearers will be Ralph's sons, David A. Rohrer and R. Thomas Rohrer; George F. Garman and nephews, Conrad Rohrer, Ray Axline and Ronnie Brandenburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Harmony Community Lutheran Church, 3939 Brethren Church Road, Myersville MD 21773 (301-371-5188); or Zion Lutheran Church, 107 W. Main St., Middletown, MD 21769.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.staufferfuneralhome.com.

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