Joseph Riffle

Joseph Franklin Riffle

Saturday, February 1st, 1936 - Saturday, January 12th, 2019
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Joseph Franklin Riffle, 82, of Weston passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2019 in United Health Center of Bridgeport following a brief illness. He was born in Lewis County on February 1, 1936: son of the late Clarence Riffle and Icie (Sprouse) Riffle.
Mr. Riffle is survived by four sisters: Lula Belle Puffinbarker of Jane Lew, Betty Posey and husband Frank of Dayton, OH, Ilene Riffle of Monticello, FL and Connie Burleson and husband Jimmy of Sapulpa, OK and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by two brothers: Darrell and Harold Riffle.
Mr. Riffle was a retired laborer with the West Virginia Department of Highways. His hobbies included hunting, fishing and trapping. Joe will be missed by all his family and friends.
Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Bob Hoover officiating. Interment will follow services in the Finster Chapel Cemetery of Lewis County, WV. On-line condolences and life stories in memory of Joe may be expressed at
Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Joseph Franklin Riffle.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home
    730 N. Main Ave
    Weston 26452
  • Service

    Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 1:00pm
    Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel
    730 N. Main Ave.
    WESTON, WV 26452
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Bob Hoover
  • Interment

    Finster Chapel Cemetery
    Goosepen Road
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Barbara Simmons

Posted at 03:11pm
Mr. Riffle was a kind man an good neighbor who always had a smile and time for conversation. About 8 years ago, I was walking my new little rescued dog, Elly on Jackson Street. Mr. Riffle took an immediate liking to her and she to him. Every day on our walks she'd be eager to greet him. Mr. Riffle told me that he loved dogs and had them before but he was too old to take care of one now and asked if it was alright if he could love on Elly. and share her with him. I thought that was a fine idea. When she'd see him she'd get SO excited and that tail would wag so hard as if it could make her go faster. I'd unhook her lead and she'd fly up the steps to him. He'd sit either on his steps or porch and rowdy with her, calling her his sweet girl, my good girl. I didn't get a card from him on Christmas and was concerned. On our walks, Elly would stop and look up at his house and whine. I'd tell her he wasn't there. I found out on Tuesday that he was moved to the Rehab/nursing facility, so Elly and I went on a road trip that very day to visit Mr. Riffle. Elly was subdued when she saw him, but when invited, she hopped on his bed, crawled up to him and lay beside him quietly licking the arm of her best buddy while Mr. Riffle stroked her head and called her "My sweet girl, my good little girl". He thanked me for bringing Elly to see him and asked if we would please come visit him again. I told him that we would. Mr. Riffle will be missed, the neighborhood won't be the same without him

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