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Harold Fred Rife

January 9, 1938 ~ January 13, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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Harold Rife Obituary

Harold Fred Rife, known to all his friends as Fred, entered his rest to await his reward on January 13, 2024. He was 86 years old.

Fred was born January 9, 1938 in Skeggs, Virginia to Bessie Frankie Jackson and Fred Rife. He was raised in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia by his mother, in a tiny coal town called Iaeger.

As an adult, he moved to Warren, Ohio where he met and married his beloved wife, Margaret (Crites) Rife, whom he called Sug.

During their 62 years together, they raised five children and enjoyed welcoming twelve grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, all of whom he considered blessings. A family man to the core, he loved spending time with all of them.

Fred was a master electrician by trade, owning his own business. He was also a retired member of the IBEW LU #573 located in Warren OH.

But his greater love was his ministry. A member of the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses for 53 years, he spent much of that time as an Elder, helping others and teaching the Bible.

He also enjoyed the outdoors, as well as, music - often playing his guitar and singing for family and his many friends.

He is remembered fondly for his generous heart, love of God, and zest for life.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Margaret, and his children, Alicia (Steve Rogers), Bethany (Eric Kraft), Sabrina (Bill Simendinger), Ben Rife (Carmen), and Elaina (Chris Lehman). And his grandchildren, Anjulie (Kraft) and Kelsey Rogers, Brittany (DeJesus) Kraft, Mercedes and Portia Simendinger, Morgan and Ty Rife, Sonora, Kalista (Ellks), Daisy, Clay, and Christianna Lehman. His great-grandchildren include Trent, Amelia, and Theo.

He is preceded in death by his sister, Alvy Gene Robinson, and his great-grandson Alexander James Kraft.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, January 28 at 4:00 p.m.  In-person attendance will be held at the Cortland Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at 3043 Bradley Brownlee Rd, Cortland Ohio.

The family will be attending via Zoom. The link is also available to anyone else who would like to attend online. Please use:  

Zoom Meeting ID: 82831285252

Passcode: fredrife

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Staton-Borowski Funeral Home, Warren, Ohio.

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Memorial Service
January 28, 2024

4:00 PM
Cortland Kingdom Hall Of Jehovah's Witnesses
3043 Bradley Brownlee Road
Cortland, OH 44410


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