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Gilbert Coffman

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Title

Gilbert Coffman

Subject

Coffman, Gilbert Ray (1921-2006)

Description

Gilbert Ray Coffman as a young man, seated, and wearing a suit and tie.

From the Saumsville area, Gilbert was the only child born to Philip Ray (1895-1952) and Stella (Richman) (1897-1922) Coffman. His mother died soon after he was born. Gilbert went to live with his mother’s sister, Ida B. (Richman) Gochenour and her husband, Charles “Charley” W. Gochenour.

Gilbert’s father re-married and had additional children with his second wife.

In the 1930 and 1940 censuses, Gilbert lived with his aunt and uncle on Saumsville Road east of Maurertown. Both Gilbert and his uncle worked as carpenters in 1940.

In February 1942, Gilbert enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He may have started out in the reserves. He served during WWII until his discharge in 1945. His gravestone notes his rank was Staff Sergeant.

After the war, the 1950 census found him living in Arlington, Virginia. By then he was married to Neta M. (Racey) Coffman and they had a son, Steven, who was a year old. Gilbert worked as a reception clerk for the Red Cross.

Eventually, Gilbert and his wife, Neta, moved back to Maurertown. He is buried in Sunset View Memorial Gardens in Woodstock.

Creator

Morrison Studio

Source

Morrison Studio Collection - Shenandoah County Historical Society

Publisher

Shenandoah County Library

Date

Labelled "Jan 1930" on box of plates.

Contributor

Identified by both H. Hoffman and Virginia Gochenour.
Additional biographical information was compiled from public records.

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IN COPYRIGHT - NON-COMMERCIAL USE PERMITTED

Identifier

006383

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Original Format

Glass Negative

Citation

Morrison Studio, “Gilbert Coffman,” Shenandoah County Library Archives, accessed June 16, 2024, https://archives.countylib.org/items/show/39401.

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