Riley E. Marietta

July 22, 1925 ‒ April 09, 2011

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Riley E. Marietta, age 85, passed away Saturday, April 9, 2011 in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital following a brief illness.

He was born July 22, 1925 in Bucyrus, the son of Riley and Daisy (Walterhouse) Marietta. His family moved to Mansfield in the early 1940s where he attended Mansfield Senior High School. He was a senior when Pearl Harbor was bombed, and as soon as he was old enough, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. He had enough credits to graduate, though his parents received his diploma for him while he was in basic training.

A WWII veteran, Riley was proud to have served his country overseas, serving predominately in Okinawa and China. He returned stateside in March of 1946.

Riley worked several jobs after the war, including Mansfield Tire and Rubber and Duff Truck Lines for over 20 years. Riley also worked on his farm south of Bellville raising beef cattle, though he saw that more as a hobby than work.

He enjoyed Bluegrass music and looked forward to camping out at yearly Bluegrass Festivals.

Strong in his Christian beliefs, Riley attended Impact Worship Center and found pleasure in reading and studying his bible. He would often say, “You can’t out-give God”. His life a testament to that statement, Riley will be remembered for his giving nature and love of God.

Riley is survived by his loving wife Norene (Baumgardner) Marietta, whom he married November 19, 1983; two daughters and a son-in-law Renee and George McFadden of Perrysville, and Rochelle Palmer of Perrysville, a son and daughter-in-law Roc and Kimberly Marietta of Lansing, MI; three step children and their spouses Don and Karen Zirkle of Ontario, Connie and Terry Carr of Mansfield, and Dave and Karen Zirkle of Phoenix, AZ; 17 grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, and 24 great grandchildren, along with numerous extended family.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife Nora.

Friends may call Tuesday, April 12, 2011 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where the funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11am. The Rev. Mike Cloud will officiate and burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery with military honors.

Memorial contributions to Jefferson-Township Bellville Rescue Squad or Impact Worship Center may be made at the funeral home.

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