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Wayne H. Riethmiller

Wayne H. Riethmiller, age 88 of Plymouth, died tragically in a car - three-wheeled bicycle accident Tuesday, May 16, 2006 in Plymouth.

He was born Aug. 18, 1917 in Martins Ferry, Ohio.

Wayne graduated as a mining engineer from Ohio State University in Columbus, and worked in the mines in Arizona until World War II broke out. He promptly enlisted and achieved the rank of captain in the Army Air Corps, serving out his tour of duty in England.

After returning from the war, he dedicated himself to the drilling business, first test drilling for coal, then water wells, and finally venturing into foundation drilling. In 1955, he established Tri-State Drilling, Inc. with Robert Melcher, Ralph Eisele, and Clarence Berthiaume, in Plymouth.

Wayne was still active in the business as president. Through the years, Tri-State has become one of the leading power line foundation companies in the country.

At home, Wayne thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and attending their events, golfing, fishing, and watching westerns. He lived a full, active life up to the moment he died; riding his bike.

He will be missed by his wife, Colette; his children, Wayne Edward Mehl (Jessie) of Alexandria, Va., Mark (Lucy) Riethmiller of Buffalo, Marylou (Joel) Swedberg of Howard Lake, and Marilyn (David) Bullock of Buffalo; former wife, Mary Reese of Buffalo; brothers Ray (Carol) Riethmiller of Circleville, Ohio, and Roy (Connie) Riethmiller of Martins Ferry, Ohio; and grandchildren, Wayne Jr., Felicia, Derek, Lauren, Jenna, Cody, Luke, and Reese.

Wayne is further survived by step-grandchildren Jenna, Sarah, Laura, and Kate; stepchildren Douglas Plaisted (Debi), and Diane Gove (Mike); and sisters-in-law Carol Barnes and Connie Catlin (Oliver).

His parents, and his brother, Robert Riethmiller preceded him in death.

Funeral services were Saturday, May 20 at 2 p.m. at the Buffalo Presbyterian Church.

Visitation was Friday, May 19 from 4 to 8 p.m., also at the church.

The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo served the family.

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