Nov. 20, 1924 July 5, 2007
WILLARD - Richard C. "Rink" Rettig, 82, of Willard, died unexpectedly Thursday in Houston.
He was born Nov. 20, 1924 in Galion to the late Jessie and Ethel (Sayles) Rettig and had been a Willard resident most of his life.
He was a 1943 graduate of Willard High School and then served in the Navy during World War II. He was employed with the B&O Railroad for 43 years and retired as a Machinist Foreman. He was a member of the Willard American Legion, the Willard Moose Club, the Norwalk V.F.W, Willard Masonic Lodge and the Plymouth United Methodist Church. He enjoyed hunting and spending time at their place at Kelley's Island.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth "Betty" (Stillions) Rettig, whom he married Jan. 6, 1996; daughters and a son-in-law, Patricia Rettig of Willard, Rebecca and Randy Johnson of New London and Barbara Rettig of Plymouth; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Ruth Rettig of Willard; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; step-sons and spouses, Kenny and Sherry Jones of Des Moines, Iowa, Richard and Ann Jones of Denver, Colo. and Christopher and Debbie Jones of Cleveland; step-daughters and spouses, Kathy and Rick Hoffman of Houston, Texas, Jackie and John Wiles and Connie and Bob Brown of Willard; and several step grandchildren.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Clarice (Pacey) Rettig; and second wife, Gloria (King) Rettig.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Secor Funeral Home in Willard, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Deacon Paul Jones will officiate. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Galion.