Richard C. "Rink" Rettig, 82, of Willard, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, July 5, 2007, in Houston, Texas.
He was born Nov. 20, 1924, in Galion, Ohio, to Jessie and Ethel (Sayles) Rettig, now deceased, and was a Willard resident most of his life. He was a 1943 graduate of Willard High School and then served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Mr. Rettig was employed with B&O Railroad for 43 years and retired as a machinist foreman. He was a member of the Willard American Legion, Willard Moose Club, Norwalk VFW, Willard Masonic Lodge and Plymouth United Methodist Church. He enjoyed hunting and spending time at the family's place on Kelleys Island.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth "Betty" (Stillions) Rettig whom he married Jan. 6, 1996; three daughters, Patricia Rettig of Willard, Rebecca (Randy) Johnson of New London and Barbara Rettig of Plymouth; one son, Robert (Ruth) Rettig of Willard; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; three stepsons, Kenny (Sherry) Jones of Des Moines, Iowa, Richard and Ann Jones of Denver and Christopher (Debbie) Jones of Cleveland; three stepdaughters, Kathy (Rick) Hoffman of Houston, and Jackie (John) Wiles and Connie (Bob) Brown, both of Willard; and several stepgrandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Clarice (Pacey) Rettig; second wife, Gloria (King) Rettig; and his parents .
Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Secor Funeral Home, 202 W. Maple St., Bellevue, where funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday with Deacon Paul Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Galion, Ohio.
Memorial expressions can be made to the Historical Society of Kelleys Island or to the Disabled Veterans Association.
Condolences can be made at secorfuneralhome.com.