Douglas  Riffe
Douglas W. Riffe, 88, of Ashland, Kentucky, peacefully followed his final trail on earth into heaven's gates on October 14, 2019.
The reunions that he loved on earth were only a glimpse of the awesome celebrations and reunions he is having now in heaven.
Doug was born in Boyd County, Kentucky, on June 23, 1931 to Laura (Queen) and Gaylord Riffe of Rush, Kentucky.
He graduated from Boyd County High School in 1949 where he lettered in football. In 1951, Doug joined the U.S. Army and he served in Europe during the Korean Conflict. While enlisted, he was recruited to play soccer for the army and was on the winning team of the Seventh Army Championship. During his military service, he received orders to guard an area where the Berlin Wall was being constructed. He joyously lived long enough to see the wall's demolition.
In 1951, Doug married Garnet, his beloved wife of 68 years. They reared their three children Victoria Blanton (Gary), Doug II (Melanie), and Myra. This hard working couple also knew how to have fun together. They camped, played cards, square danced with the Arky Stars, and spent time with their family, friends and also their church family at South Ashland Methodist Church; the church they have attended for 58 years.
Doug was employed by Armco Steel for 46 years and was the first ladle refiner operator in North America. He was active with the Local Union 1865 and was on a Political Action Committee in Washington D.C. One of his last jobs at Armco was a P.Q Coordinator between Armco and the union. He also enjoyed playing softball for Armco's Softball League.
Doug was Master of Masonic Hampton Lodge in 2009 and a volunteer at Kings Daughters Medical Center, where he received special recognition for his volunteering services. He was a member of the American Legion and enjoyed time playing cards and reminiscing about military service with his friends. He also coached Little League baseball for several years and that love of baseball spilled over into the lives of his son and several grandsons. He was "true blue" in many ways but this definitely included his love and support of the University of Kentucky Wildcats.
Doug loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. The outdoors was like a sanctuary to him and even in his advanced years he was happiest in the sun and fresh air. Doug raised a vegetable garden where he enjoyed canning produce. He was involved in Farm to Table provisions for his family and loved ones before it was culturally popular, he learned it in his early years out of necessity.
Doug's love for God, his country, his family, and the beauty of nature is part of his legacy for generations to come. He enjoyed being with people, hearing their stories and offering a helping hand to those in need. One of his biggest accomplishments is that he knew how to make people feel welcome as he offered them something to eat and a place to sit for a spell and relax. He was a mountain of a man with a handle-bar mustache and a twinkle in his eye because he savored every moment of this life he was given.
Doug was greatly loved and he will be greatly missed by so many but especially by his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Jay and Tara Shannon (Evie, Bo, Pippa Rose), Kathleen and Jim Haynes (Tyson, Lyla), Eric Riffe, Tiffany and Jason Emerson (Rose, Zeke, Titus), Garrett and Carolyn Reid, Payton and Bethany Reid (Claire) and Garrett and Payton's father, Steve Reid. Doug is also survived and will be missed by his sister, Deanie Fields (Fred) and his brother Steve Riffe (Marsha) and is now reunited with his brother, Bob Riffe, and so many others in heaven.
His family requests that in lieu of flowers, please send donations to South Ashland Methodist Church or to Ashland Community Kitchen located in Ashland, Kentucky to help feed the community he loved.
Services for Doug will be conducted Thursday, October 17, 2019, at 11 a.m. by Pastor Keith Katterheinrich at the Lazear Funeral Home Chapel in Ashland, with burial to follow Golden Oaks Memorial Garden. Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Lazear Funeral Home in Ashland.
Published on October 15, 2019


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Pamela Corinne Whitaker
Oct 25, 2019
I'm sorry to hear of Winnie's passing. I will be thinking of your families. Our bunch always seemed like family all ready. I can smile when I think of he and Dean comparing their " handle bar" mustaches. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Josie Adams
Oct 16, 2019
Prayers for family
Sherry & Carson
Oct 16, 2019
Love and prayers to Garnet and family!!