Seville — Franklin Dale Rettig, age 88, passed away on August 15, 2021. He was born on May 13, 1933 in Fort Wayne, Ind. to the late Marion and Ruth Rettig.
Mr. Rettig was a US Army veteran, serving during the Korean War. As a youth, he ran the gridiron for Concordia High School in Ft. Wayne. He was employed as a Mechanical Engineer at Firestone for 38 years, after receiving his degree from Purdue University. He was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Norton and of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Medina where he shared his love of God by teaching two generations of youth Sunday school and as an Elder of the Church. In his spare time, Frank enjoyed woodworking, reading, sailing, and playing Bingo at Senior Centers in Wadsworth and Rittman. He was actively involved in Boy Scouts as a youth and adult leader, and he is fondly remembered as “Mr. Rettig” by a generation of Troop 402 Alumni. He enjoyed travelling the world with his wife, Betty, and vacations with all his family, taking many fondly remembered trips to the Beach and National Parks. During these and other times with his grandchildren, Frank offered many encouraging words and suggestions for living their lives.
In addition to his parents, Frank was preceded in death by his brother, Charles F. Rettig. He is survived by his wife Betty of 62 years of loving and devoted marriage; sons, Benjamin and wife, Jennifer along with granddaughters, Hannah and Sarah, step grandson, Kyle, and great-grand-children Penelope and Foster; and son, Curtis and wife Brenda along with grandsons, Matthew and Adam and granddaughter, Dana; brother, Jim Rettig (Joyce) of Ft. Wayne; and sister, Betty Lou Hedeen of Detroit.
Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 24th at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 5451 S. Cleveland Massillon Rd., Norton with Rev. Curtis Stephens officiating. Friends and family will be received for visitation at the church one hour prior to the service Tuesday, from 10 to 11 a.m. Inurnment will take place at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Seville.