Floyd Rife, 84 / Oct. 26, 1926 — Sept. 30, 2011

Published 9:42 am Friday, October 7, 2011

Floyd Rife, 84
Oct. 26, 1926 — Sept. 30, 2011

Floyd “Pete” Rife, 84, of Dowagiac, died Friday, Sept. 30, 2011 at Cass County Medical Care Facility, Cassopolis.


He was born Oct. 26, 1926 in Dowagiac to Frank and Rose (Perry) Rife. He married Patricia Sayer on March 20, 1970 in Cassopolis.
Floyd served in the Army during World War II. He delivered the South Bend Tribune for 18 years until 2006. He enjoyed being with the family and liked deer hunting.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Rife of Dowagiac; six children, Linda (Jerry) Townsend of Decatur, Danny Rife and Douglas Burdick, both of Dowagiac, Kimberly (Bruce) Kyle of Edwardsburg, Mark (Darlene) Burdick and Anna Burdick, both of  Decatur; 19 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Floyd was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and one brother.

God looked around His garden
and found an empty space.
He looked down upon the earth
and saw your tired face.
He put His arms around you
and lifted you to rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful
for He only takes the best.
He knew that you were weary,
and He knew that you were in pain.
He knew that you would never
be well on earth again.
He saw the road was getting rough
and the hills were hard to climb,
so He closed your weary eyelids
and whispered
“Peace be thine.”

Arrangements have been entrusted to Connelly Chapel, Wagner Family Funerals, Cassopolis.
Online condolences may be sent c/o wagnercares.com.