Betty June Riegle, age 86, passed away at her home surrounded by her family on Monday, June 20, 2016. She was born June 26, 1929, the daughter of the late Arthur and Merle (Banks) Kelch of Willowdell.
Growing up in Willowdell with her seven siblings, she was a member of the Lutheran Church and attended elementary school locally. She was a 1947 graduate of Versailles High School.
In June of 1950, she met the love of her life William (Bill) Riegle of New Madison at a local square dance. The couple was then married later that year on December 3rd. They have resided over 58 years on their farm outside of New Madison where they raised two children. She has been a faithful member of the New Madison United Methodist Church.
Betty enjoyed caring for her husband, family and many friends as well as cooking, gardening, playing cards, and reading. She worked at Ketrings Locker Service for 20 years.
Along with her parents she was preceded in death by her daughter Connie Flatter also of New Madison as well as by her brother Harold Kelch and wife Mary, brother Homer Kelch and wife Myra, brother Raymond Kelch and wife Naomi, sister Marcella (Kelch) Stiefel and husband Ralph, sister Joan (Kelch) Hafer and husband Frank, brother-in-law Robert Rupe, sister in law Charlene Kelch, mother and father-in-law Glen and Grace (Hittle) Riegle, brother-in-law Gene Cox, nephew Jay Rupe and nephew Terry Kelch.
Betty is survived by her husband of 65 years Bill, son Larry and wife Lisa of New Madison, her sister Margie (Kelch) Rupe of New Philadelphia, her brother Bob Kelch of Eaton, sister-in-law Patty (Riegle) Cox of Tipp City, brother and sister- in-law George and Janice Riegle of Greenville and son-in-law Tom Flatter of New Madison. She is also survived by her four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren who were her pride and joy. They include grandson Derek Flatter and his wife Mandy along with their children Landon, Ella, Amelia and Hudson of Arcanum, grandson Aaron Flatter and his wife Pam of New Madison, grandson Jeremy and his wife Tabitha along with their children Delaney and Taylor of Indianapolis and Emily (Riegle) Kelley and her husband Jon along with their son Oliver William of Columbus. In addition, she is survived by 23 nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of life service will be held at 2PM on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at the United Methodist Church in New Madison with Pastor Carol Duffield officiating. Burial will follow at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Fort Jefferson, OH. A meal will be held at the New Madison United Methodist church following the burial. Family and Friends may visit Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 11:00 AM until time of service at 2:00 PM, also at the church.
Memorial contributions may be given to the New Madison United Methodist Church.
Services are entrusted to Braund Pope Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.braundpope.com