Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Ralph D. Abrams, Jr., 95, of Lynchburg

(Courtesy of Bucktrout of Williamsburg)

LYNCHBURG — Ralph D. Abrams, Jr. was born August 27, 1927, and died on March 14, 2022. He passed peacefully while resting. He is preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Ella M. Clausen Abrams and his son in law, William Wade Henson, Jr.

He is survived by his two children, Ralph D. Abrams III (wife Debbie) and Nancy Abrams Henson. He has four grandchildren, Corrie Kelly (Brendan), Ryan Abrams (Misty), Chip Henson (Olivia), and Kari Dotter (Charlie), and eight great grandchildren (ranging in age from 5-21).

Ralph was born in Malverne, NY at home. He was the older brother to Donald Abrams of Schroon Lake NY. and brother-in-law of Marian Sullivan of San Jose, California. He served in the Navy during WWII. Ralph attended Malverne HS where he met and married the love of his life, Ella Clausen. He worked for Bell telephone in NY until 1961 when he moved to Lynchburg, VA to work with General Electric in mobile radio sales.

Ralph Abrams is best described by his family as loving, kind, patient, and caring. He made friends wherever he went. He has always been a mentor and an example to emulate for his children, grandchildren, and even his great grandchildren. He encouraged them to pursue higher education, keep up with technology, keep abreast of the news, and take pride in all you do. He set a high priority on family and its importance. He was a brilliant example for family through his work ethics and in how his marriage of 73 years worked. He enjoyed traveling, golf, reading, dabbling in stocks, playing on the computer, and participating in games when gathered with family and friends. The family agrees he was the modern day Alexa who would tell stories, give good advice when asked, or sit back and just listen to what you said. The family always joked that if you were traveling and needed the names of good restaurants, you asked dad/grandpa. He was so proud of his kids, grandkids, and great grandchildren and made sure to tell them this all the time.

Even though we know he is now at peace in heaven with Ella, he will be sorely missed by all.

A small family gathering for Ralph Abrams’s interment will be held in Lynchburg at a future date.

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