Jan. 23, 1948 - Nov. 17, 2013
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MISHAWAKA - Thomas D. Riffle, 65, passed away Sunday, November 17, 2013, at his home. He was employed with AM General. Tom was born on January 23, 1948, in South Bend, IN, to the late Chalmer and Donna Marie (Smith) Riffle. Tom served in the United States Army from 1968-1972 during the Vietnam War. Tom was an avid fan of NASCAR and Notre Dame. He loved to fish. Tom is survived by two daughters, Teresa (John) Cook of Vicksburg, MI, and Tanya (William) Etling of Granger; one son, Tom (Helen) Riffle of Mishawaka; four grandchildren, David and Brittany Cook, Adora Riffle and Dalton Etling; two sisters, Patricia Bucker of Mishawaka and Connie Wierzbicki of South Bend; and five brothers, Chalmer (Bonnie) Riffle of South Bend, John Riffle of Walkerton, Terry (Esther) Riffle of South Bend and Donnie and Ronnie Kurzhal, both of South Bend. Four brothers, Robert, Larry and Richard Riffle, and Maynard Kurzhal, and two sisters, Phyllis Brock and Bonnie Kurzhal, all preceded Tom in death. Memorial services will be held at 1:00 PM Thursday, November 21, 2013, at Palmer Funeral Home-River Park, 2528 Mishawaka Ave., South Bend. Rev. Ken Peterson will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from noon until time of services on Thursday in the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the Riffle family at www.palmerfuneralhomes.com.
Published in South Bend Tribune on Nov. 20, 2013