James Rife, 55

James Kither Rife, 55, of rural Roann, died at 2:56 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. 

He was born Dec. 28, 1961, in Wabash, to Carl and Laura "Sis" (Dillon) Rife.

Jim married Kim Sellers in Wabash on Nov. 28, 1982.  He worked at Secondary Metal Processing in Wabash for 35 years.  He was a member of the Wabash Eagles Lodge and the Sons of the American Legion in Lagro.  Jim was an avid hunter and fisherman.  He enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and spoiling his grandkids.  

He is survived by his wife, Kim Rife of Roann; mother, Laura "Sis" Rife of Wabash; two sons, Mark (Misty) Rife of Wabash, and Jamie (Brandi) Rife of Roann; seven grandchildren, Logen Rife of Roann, Johnathan Rife of Wabash, Kirsten Rife of Roann, Hunter Rife of Wabash, Kendra Rife of Roann, Peyton Rife of Wabash, and Paisley Rife of Wabash; brothers and sister, Doug Rife of Claypool, Paula (Clifford) Osborne of Wabash, and Michael (Tammy) Rife of Wabash. 

He was preceded in death by his father, and his brother, David Rife.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with the Rev. Billy Fields officiating.  Burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash.  Friends may call 12:30 - 2 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home.

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Posted on 2017 Dec 20