Donald E. Riegle Jr.

December 5, 2009

Donald E. Riegle Jr. 74, of Frankfort, IN, died at 5:25 p.m. December 5, 2009 at Clinton House. He had been ill the past year. Born May 9, 1935 in Clinton County, IN to Donald E. Riegle Sr. and Lucille (Redman) Riegle. He married Carolyn S. Reed on June 11, 1954 and she survives. Mr. Riegle was a 1953 graduate of Frankfort High School and lived in Frankfort his entire life. He was an electrician for Nickel Plate Railroad for 5 years, from 1961-1985 he was a firefighter for the Frankfort Fire Department, and for almost 50 years, he was a service man for Culligan. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Moose Lodge. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and trap shooter. Don’s family was most important to him. He was actively working and supporting the move over law, with the State of Indiana, to protect utility workers.

Visitation and Services

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at Goodwin Funeral Home. Visitation will be Tuesday, December 8, 2009 from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church or Area IV Head Start, envelopes will be available

Survived by:

Wife: Carolyn Riegle of Frankfort, IN 3 Daughters: Cindi (Jeff) Shirar of Frankfort, Kim (Jay) Shanks of Frankfort and Jennie Riegle of Frankfort 1 Son: Dan (Sherri) Riegle of Frankfort 1 Sister: Rosemary (Carl) Blessing of Farmville, VA 13 Grandchildren and 7 Great Grandchildren

Preceded by:

He was preceded in death by grandson, Bryan Osbon on May 20, 2008 and his parents.


10 Condolences for “Donald E. Riegle Jr.”

  1. Gorman Pierce December 6, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Sincere condolences. I played basketball with Don at Frankfort High School. I particularly remember our game in the Regional at the Purdue Fieldhouse (March 1953) -great memory because we beat the Jefferson Broncos and Don was one of the reasons we won.
    Sorry for your loss.
    Best wishes to Carolyn and the family.
    Gorman Pierce
    Bradenton, FL

  2. Jamie Blacker Family December 6, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Riegle family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. I really enjoyed working with Don, I will miss our discussions we had about family, basketball and firefighting…He will be dearly missed! Jamie, Shauna, Hanna, Katie and Drew Blacker

  3. Berta (Irwin) Pickard December 7, 2009 at 10:58 am

    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.. We will try to get to the calling if at all possible. Didn’t realize that Don had been ill these past months.. God bless you all..
    And special thanks to Shirley Taylor for the e-mail message — would not have known otherwise..
    Joe & Berta

  4. Richard Pollett December 7, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Sincerest condolences. In high school I ran track and cross country with Don, I knew his parents and both he and Carolyn were my classmates. He will be missed by all who knew him.

  5. Karen Frazier Nair December 7, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Cindy and family,
    My thoughts and prayers go out to you. I know you will miss your dad but hold onto the memories, they will get you thru. God Bless!

  6. Greg and Julayne Moser December 8, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    I was so sad to hear of Don’s passing away. He and Carolyn have the cottage next to ours at Lake Freeman and they were good neighbors and friends to my Dad, Phil and Alberta. I am so sorry for your loss. Don was a good guy, always a smile, always helpful.

  7. Dean & Missy Hill December 8, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    The Family of Don Riegle:
    We are very sadden by the loss of such an amazing man as Don. He was so caring, compassionate and given to all. Thank you Don for all you did for the Boys and Girls Club, you spent many hours donating your time and we greatly appreciated you.
    You are all in our prayers.
    Dean, Missy, Tyler, Brady, Douggie and Drew

  8. Gary and Jan Kersey December 9, 2009 at 12:13 am

    Very sad to hear of Don’s passing, but know he is in a better and less painful place. He will be sadly missed. We are thinking of you and your family at this time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Please know we are thinking of you.
    In his name may you be comforted,
    Gary and Jan Kersey

  9. Brian & Stacy Frame December 9, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Dear Riegle Family,
    Sorry to hear about the loss of Don. I know you will miss him greatly, he was an awesome guy. I am sure he was even a better family man. He was a great Father and Grandfather. Jennie keep your chin up girl, you have a wonderful support system around you, don’t be afraid to use them.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers,
    Brian, Stacy and Keiara

  10. Kenny & Doni Wright–(Florida) December 12, 2009 at 12:29 am

    Carolyn Riegle and family: I am so very sorry to hear of Don’s passing. It was a great shock to me. We had some great times on the Fire Dept. in Frankfort. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. You and your family have our Deepest Sympathy. Our thought’s and prayers are with you.
    Kenny & Doni Wright (St. Pete, Florida)

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