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Donald Nelson Rife

September 16, 1941 ~ September 12, 2021 (age 79)


Donald Nelson Rife, age 79, of Columbus, Ohio, passed away on September 12, 2021 in Columbus Ohio. Donald was born to the late Nelson and Edith Rife in Obetz, OH.

He is retired after 50+ years in the Plumber and Pipe Fitters Union Local #189. Donald loved cars and was know to refinish, repair, and restore antiques, drag race, and demolition derby. He and his wife Barbara would also travel to play Bingo 3 times per week, but their favorite bingo hall of all was at St. Phillip of the Apostle Church.

Donald is survived by his loving spouse; Barbara Rife; sons; Edward, Robert (Lisa) Rife, 3 stepsons Paul (Carla) Gray, James (Jeannie) Gray, and Chris (Jerilynn) Gray, one brother; James Rife, Sister; Rosa May Runyon, his beloved dog; Tucker, and a host of many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Pfeifer Funeral Home. Services will be conducted on Thursday, September 23rd, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Pfeifer Funeral Home and officiated by Pastor Ken Keen from the Trinity Assembly of God. Burial will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens at 1:00 PM in Columbus, Ohio. Online condolences available at

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September 22, 2021

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Pfeifer Funeral Home
7915 E. Main Street
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
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Funeral Service
September 23, 2021

11:00 AM
Pfeifer Funeral Home
7915 E. Main Street
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
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September 23, 2021

1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens
5600 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43213
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