Ralph E. Haffenden

December 23, 1926 ‒ March 05, 2015

Howard, Ohio

Ralph Haffenden, age 88, of Briar Wood Drive, Howard, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at his home. He was born on December 23, 1926 in Belvidere, Illinois the son of Ralph and Nancy Alice (Kelly) Haffenden. Ralph served in the United States Army during World War II and retired in 1980 from the United States Postal Service. He was an active member of the Presbyterian Church in Westerville and Mount Vernon where he had previously served as an elder and deacon.

He is survived by his wife, Dolores (Niceswanger) Haffenden, four sons, Philip (Rebecca) Haffenden of Findlay, Charles (Kelly) Haffenden of Marion, Iowa, Paul (Marie) Haffenden of Broadview Heights and Ralph (Melissa) Haffenden III of Fort Myers, Florida, thirteen grandchildren, three great grandchildren, two sisters, Marjorie (Richard) Johnson of Champagne, Illinois and Marion Ernesti of Marengo, Illinois.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara Haffenden, two sisters, Ruth Hillman and Barbara Kelly.

Friends may call on Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home where a memorial service with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council will begin at 11 a.m. The family will observe a private entombment in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Ave., Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.

To share a memory or leave a condolence for the family, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Ralph Haffenden.

  • My sympathy goes to the Haffenden Family. I am the sister of Rebecca Haffenden who is married to his son, Phillip Haffenden. We shared many fond memories as a family. I feel so blessed to have know Ralph Haffenden. He was always a good gentleman. I’m saddened by the loss. He will be missed and never forgotten.

  • Iso sorry for your loss to you and your family He will be in Gods Hands now and no more pain. GOD will take care of your pain and each day will get easier. i know you will miss him greatly and you will never stop missing him but each day will get easier. some day you will think of something funny that happened that will make you smile it happened to me last night that makes you feel better but you will never forget him

  • The members of the First Presbyterian Church of Westerville offer our condolences and prayers of support for all of you as we say good-bye to one of our special members. Ralph helped guide this church for many as an elder and clerk of session and we are thankful for all that he gave to us. May he find peace and rest in the arms of our eternal savior.

  • Dee and Boys,
    You were all blessed to have had the love of this man . He was one true gentleman and was a loving caring dad , grandpa and husband. I will miss his little notes and cards. He always had kind things to say and made me feel good about myself. I pray that God will give you all peace and comfort in knowing that he is in the arms of Jesus now and will be waiting for your arrival when the time comes. Blessings, Carol

  • Though I cannot be present at the Memorial because of my current circumstances, I would like to express my thoughts about the man who was my brother. He loved his Lord and his family, and lived a life that reflected that devotion. He was a man of integrity and honesty and held himself to a high code of ethics. He set an example for his children by living that life and not by preaching it. He extended care and concern for his sisters and Mother throughout his life, and I will miss our frequent phone calls and conversations. May you rest safely in the arms of our Lord and Savior, Ralph. I will miss you, but I will see you again.

  • Dee and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Ralph’s passing. What a kind man who could always be counted on to lead others in our church. He will be missed. My condolences.

  • March 16, 2015

    Dee and family,

    We were very sorry to read about Ralph’s passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Debbie & Bruce Malek