Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 18, 2013

Albert 'Al' Riehl


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TRAVERSE CITY — Albert "Al" Riehl, age 80, of Traverse City, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at Munson Medical Center. He was born March 13, 1932, to Harry and Eva (Kingdon) Riehl, in Oaklawn, Ill.

Al attended Traverse City Central High School, graduating in 1949.

He married the late Joan VerSnyder on June 28, 1952, at St. Mary's Church in Lake Leelanau.

Al was employed by Cone Drive Textron for 43 years, 30 of those years as a supervisor, retiring in 1994.

Al was active as a bowler, golfer, fisherman and an avid deer hunter. He enjoyed the annual deer hunting trip to his cabin on Drummond Island.

Al also served as a board member of Hammond Place Association for 16 years. He was active at Immaculate Conception food pantry and picked up bread from local grocery stores for the pantry. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1213.

Al enjoyed his recent friends and stay at Hawthorne Cottage.

Al is survived by two sons, Harry (Pam), of Traverse City, and Ken (Anne), of Grand Rapids; three grandchildren, Alan, of Grand Rapids, Melissa, of Traverse City, and Karen (Bryan) Langeland, of Milwaukee; a great-granddaughter, Nora; and one brother, Harold, of Grand Rapids.

Besides his parents, Al was preceded in death by his wife, Joan in 2008; and a son, Todd in infancy.

Per Al's wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial Mass will be held Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m. Burial will take place in the spring at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Immaculate Conception Food Pantry.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.