Dr. Ralph Bailey Coffman


Dr. Ralph B. Coffman was born in Slaughters, KY on August 11, 1935 to Justice Montgomery and Mary Lee "Dowden" Coffman. He passed from this earth on June 3, 2019 in Tulsa, OK surrounded by the love of his family at the age of 83.
Ralph and his wife Midge, who preceded him in death in December 2018, have resided in Tulsa for the past 15 years after their residence in Enid, OK since the late 1970's.
Ralph grew up in Mishawaka, Indiana. He enlisted in the Navy, following high school, serving for four years as a medical corpsman. He attended Indiana University achieving a degree in physical education then received his degree from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1968 completing his general surgery residence in Tulsa. Eventually he became the Chief of Staff at Enid Memorial Hospital. This profession allowed him to be active both locally and nationally in his field. Dr. Coffman was president of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association from 1983 to 1984 after serving on this board for the previous 11 years. He practiced as a general surgeon in Enid for over 25 years finishing his career serving in active duty in the Navy and later at the VA Hospital in Muskogee, OK. His medical/surgical skills proved to be beneficial serving on various medical mission trips, Mercy ships, and the Neighbor for Neighbor Clinic providing care in this capacity and sharing his expertise in this way as well. Ralph was an active member of Faith United Methodist Church and he and Midge enjoyed serving the church and others as needed and when called upon. He and Midge were devoted Oklahoma Sooner fans and attended numerous sporting events associated with their love of Oklahoma University.

He is survived by sons, Frank Coffman and wife, Joy Coffman of Broken Arrow, OK, as well as Dr. Joseph Coffman and wife, Dr. Darci Coffman of Tulsa, OK, Sister Jean Fore of St. Charles, Illinois, Brothers, David and Roger Coffman of Mishawaka, Indiana and Jerry Coffman of Newport News, Virginia. He is also survived by his grandchildren Nicholas Coffman, Jacob Coffman, Anna Coffman, Samuel Coffman, and Tess Coffman as well as numerous nieces and nephews, many other relatives and longtime friends.

He was preceded in death by Midge whom he married on June 20, 1959 in Osceola, Indiana, his parents as well as brothers, Jack and Harold.
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Judy Thomas Rhyne
Jun 26, 2019
In my 45+ years of healthcare - Dr. Coffman was one I will always remember as caring and such a gentleman. A loss to the medical community.
Connie Bittle
Jun 08, 2019
Ralph and Midge Coffman were dear friends to me. Ralph's memorial service was beautiful he would have been so proud of his sons for the things they shared about Ralph's life. Ralph and Midge will be missed by so many. Love and prayers for all the family.
Linda Cranford
Jun 06, 2019
I have fond memories of both Dr Coffman and Midge when attending Christ United Methodist Church in Enid. Both wonderful folks to try to emulate.
Nancy Campbell Hutchins
Jun 06, 2019
I worked with Dr. Coffman for several years as a scrub tech . He delivered my babies and literally saved my life. He was a great man! I will never forget him ! RIP Dr. C.
Dennise McFadden Lawson
Jun 06, 2019
I worked with Dr. Coffman for 14 years at Enid Memorial Hospital. He taught me so much about being confident in myself. He was an awesome physician and good man. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
Richard & Lois Gray
Jun 06, 2019
Our love and prayers for your family as you celebrate the life of your dad. This has been a tough year for your family. May you realize the love and appreciation for both of your parents for their service and leadership in the Kremlin/Enid area. Your family has had a great impact on the lives of many!