Harold L. "Toot" Rifenburg
1937 - 2021
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ANDOVER - Harold L. "Toot" Rifenburg, 83, passed away Monday (Feb. 22, 2021) at Jones Memorial Hospital, following a brief illness.

Mr. Rifenburg was born Aug. 29, 1937, in Wellsville, to Harold Glenn "Pete" and Lois Black Rifenburg.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1955 to 59, which included a tour in Japan.

Harold worked as a machinist for Dresser-Rand Corporation from the early 1970s until his retirement in October, 1999. For many years, he raised beef cattle on the family farm.

It's been said of Harold that he was born with a bow and arrow in one hand and a gun in the other. A "rebel rouser" that loved the great outdoors. He was obsessed with NASCAR, especially when Kyle Busch or Denny Hamlin crosses the finish line first. Harold was an avid euchre and scat player.

Harold is survived by two sons, Lloyd M. Rifenburg of Albion and Harold Glenn (Dionne) Rifenburg II of Wellsville; four daughters, Tammy (Ronald) Latham of Belmont, Loraine Kitchen and Amy (Daniel) Cook, both of Wellsville and Tammy (Raymond) Hile of Indiana, Pa.; his long-time companion, Claudia Ackley of Andover; one sister, Jeanne (Jack) Gore of Canisteo; and a sister-in-law, Kay Rifenburg of Andover.

Additionally, he is survived by 23 grandchildren, Trina (James) Torrence, Lloydena (Tim) Charnisky, Lloyd Rifenburg, Summer Rifenburg, Yvonne Lovelace, Shannon Latham, Crystal Craft, Jessica (Josh) Gotshall, Glenn (Stacy) Rifenburg, Mykaela, Ashley Jennings, Austin Jennings, Michelle (Timulus) Dixon, William Conway, Paul Kitchen, Jackie (Warren) Bowser, James (Angie) Cain, Sabrina (Donald) Kemp, RJ Mosher, Devin Mosher, Hayley (Cody) Cook, Calla Cook and Madison Cook; 22 great-grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Harold was predeceased by a sister, Lucille Burch; a brother, Richard "Dick" Rifenburg; and a grandson, Char Bug Cain.

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no visitation at this time. Full military honors will be rendered prior to a Celebration of Life in the spring at a date and time to be announced.

Arrangements are under the direction of Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover.

Online condolences may be offered at www.baker-swan.com. © 2021 Baker-Swan Funeral Home.

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Published in Olean Times Herald on Feb. 26, 2021.
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February 28, 2021
you were always a awesome grandpa. you will be missed. i have many great memories when we were kids of being around you.
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February 26, 2021
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