Riffel, H. Edwin, was born Dec. 7, 1934, in Herington, Kan. to John Henry and Marie Katherine (Meier) Riffel, and passed away March 18, 2014. Ed graduated from Herington High School in 1952. After attending Ottawa University for two years, Ed joined the US Air Force in 1954. He married Carol Krispense Dec. 27, 1958. Having graduated from Friends University in 1971, Ed worked as an accountant for Beechcraft until 1987. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force and later joined the US Air Force Reserve, faithfully serving his country until his retirement in 1993. Ed is preceded by his parents, John Henry and Katherine Marie Riffel; his wife, Carol Jean Krispense Riffel; and two brothers, Laurence and Kenneth. He is survived by his three children, David (Sandy) Riffel, Christine (DeLayne) Herbel, Karen (David) Baliel; 6 grandchildren; 2 stepgrandchildren; and a host of family and friends. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22, at Meridian Avenue Baptist Church, Wichita; burial to follow at 3 p.m. at Strassburg Cemetery, Marion, Kan. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday night March 21, at Strassburg Baptist Church Hall, Marion, Kan.
Published in The Wichita Eagle on Mar. 21, 2014