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Harold L. Rifenburg

August 29, 1937 - February 22, 2021

It’s been said of Harold that he was born with a bow and arrow in one hand and a gun in the other.


ANDOVER – Harold L. “Toot” Rifenburg, 83, passed away on Monday (Feb. 22, 2021) at Jones Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.

Mr. Rifenburg was born on Aug. 29, 1937 in Wellsville to Harold Glenn “Pete” and Lois (Black) Rifenburg. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1955-59 which included a tour in Japan.

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

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.

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.

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 ©2021 Baker-Swan Funeral Home.

Graveside Service with Military Honors:
Saturday, August 28, 2021
10:00 a.m.
Valley Brook Cemetery, Andover

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