Carl E. Rife, 80

Carl E. Rife, 80, of Wabash, died at 6:25 p.m., Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, at his home. 

He was born Nov. 17, 1934, in Aflex, Ky., to John and Mae (Fields) Rife.

Carl married Laura "Sis" Dillon in Richmond, and they were married 59 years.  He was a U.S. Army veteran and retired from Celotex in Lagro.  He was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church. 

Carl loved the Kentucky Wildcats, the Chicago Bears, and the Chicago Cubs.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and playing golf. 

He is survived by his wife, Laura "Sis" Dillon of Wabash, four children, Doug Rife of Mentone,  James (Kim) Rife of Roann, Paula (Clifford) Osborne and Mike (Tammy) Rife, both of Wabash; nine grandchildren, Heather (Rick) Gaines, Rachel Rife, Sarah (Shawn) Bartley, Betsy (Will) Runyon, Mark (Misty) Rife, Jamie (Brandi) Rife, Brandi Mitchell, Kirk Hamilton, and Tara Hamilton; 22 great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty Christians of Columbus, Ohio, and in-laws, Esther (Robert) Webb, John (Helen) Dillon, Doug Dillon, and Bob (Loretta) Dillon, all of Wabash. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, son, David Rife, brother, George Rife, and two sisters, Loretta Davis, and Norma Sloan.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, 2015 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, with the Rev. Marshall Staten officiating.  Burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash.  Friends may call 1-3 pm Friday, at the funeral home.


Posted on 2015 Nov 03