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Mr. Arthur L. Rickle, age 79, of Greenville, passed away Friday morning, Jan. 13, 2006, at Metron of Greenville. The son of Leo Kirk & Margaret Agnes (Loveland) Rickle, he was born on June 7, 1926 in Belding. A veteran of World War II, he served with the U.S. Navy and helped liberate the Phillipine Islands. On Sept. 12, 1945, at her parents home, her married the former Betty Jean Emmons. Art worked as a asphalt plant manager for most of his life and enjoyed the outdoors… especially fishing, hunting, and gardening. He was also a skilled woodworker and liked to putter in the garage.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Lilly Mae Davis and Dorothy Cavanaugh. Surviving are his wife of over 60 years, Betty Rickle; a daughter, Linda Bitner, two sons and daughters-in-law, Randall L. & Cheryl Rickle, and Kevin A. & Kendra Rickle, all of Greenville; eight grandchildren, Lisa Tabor, Lori Johnson, Heather White, Holly Bitner, Nathan Rickle, Joseph Rickle, Tara Rickle, and Bryce Rickle; eleven great grandchildren, Amanda Cass, Jonae Tabor, Desiree Bitner, Kaleb White, Trey Chapin, Cameron Patrick Misner, Aaron Arthur Rickle, Aiden Jay Rickle, Owen James Rickle, and Dylan McCoy; a sister-in-law, Eleanor Gallagher of Greenville; a brother-in-law, Bob Emmons of Greenville; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 16, 2006 from the Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, with the Rev. Ken Harger, pastor of Shiloh Community Church, officiating. Burial will follow privately at Rest Haven Memory Gardens, Belding. Visitation is Sunday from 3-5 p.m. Envelopes for memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Association will be available at the funeral home.


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