Donald Ray “Don” Riffle Obituary, Death – The Reverend Donald Ray “Don” Riffle, 89, of Mohans Run Road in Mannington, West Virginia, passed away at home on February 18, 2023. We extend our condolences to his family and friends. He was a West Virginia native who was born in Webster Springs on September 14, 1933.
He was the son of the late Thomas William Riffle and Hazel Hamrick Knicley Riffle. In addition to his 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, he is survived by his three children, Dawn Hammond and Danny Hammond of Mannington, West Virginia; Donald Ray Riffle and Jill Riffle of Cincinnati, Ohio; and Pamela Baker and Joey Baker of Mannington, West Virginia.
Don is also survived by three siblings, David Riffle of Chilhowee, MO, Thomas William “Bill” Riffle Jr. and wife Carla of Kansas City, MO, and Jane Atkinson and husband Don of Holden, MO, as well as several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Don was preceded in death by his wife Saundra Jean Riffle, who died away on December 15, 2008, as well as by his brother Robert Riffle, one sister at a time (Louise Smith, Helen Currey, Frances Hartley, and Eleanor Ball), four sisters, and a daughter-in-law (Becky Riffle). His parents also passed away before him.
Don was a proud former US Navy service member. He belonged to the Corinthian Lodge #265 in Warrensburg, Missouri, the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, and the Evangelical Christian Inc. He was an ardent follower of Farmington Ireland Chapel. He was a traveling minister.
At the age of 10, Don and his sister gave a performance on the neighborhood radio station WMMN. Don loved playing gospel and bluegrass music. He learned to play the guitar from his father when he was just 7 years old. He had played in operas there before and liked to live in Texas in the winter. Don also had a great day fishing and hunting. The caretakers for Don, Shilo Lambert, Debbie Meadows, and Destiny Matusky, are gratefully acknowledged by the family for their dedication and support. Also, they would like to thank the Fresenius Kidney Care Home Dialysis Staff for their years of outstanding assistance and courtesy.