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Lee J. RettigDecember 21, 1931 ~ June 6, 2017 (age 85)
Lee J. Rettig, 85, of Kittanning died Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at Shadyside Hospital after a brief illness. He was born Dec. 21, 1931, in East Brady to Leo and Cecilia Agnes (Kelly) Rettig. Lee was first employed at Haws Refractories before going to Freeport Brick in Reesedale, where he retired after 28 years as plant manager. He currently worked part-time at the Kittanning Paper. He was a U.S. Navy Korean War veteran from 1952 to 1956, who served on the Aircraft Carriers Intrepid and Forrestal in the Mediterranean Sea. He was a 50 year member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of St. Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe Roman Catholic Church in Kittanning. Lee was a member of the only undefeated basketball team at Clarion State College in 1952 and coached basketball at St. Mary Church in Kittanning. He also coached three championship American Legion baseball teams in the mid 70s, and also loved to hunt and attend his grandchildren’s sporting events, as well as watch the Pittsburgh Pirates, Steelers, and Penguins and Penn State Football. Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Philomena R. (Melillo) Rettig; two sons, Raymond L. (Rebecca) Rettig of Duncansville and Kelly M. (Lisa) Rettig of Kittanning; one daughter, Kathy P. (Brad) Bowers of Kittanning; grandchildren, Dana Stover, Eric Rettig, Michael Rettig, Nick Bowers, Ali Bowers, Dominic Rettig, and Lucia Rettig; and great-grandchildren, Simon Rettig, Nicholas Stover, and Ellis Rettig. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Helen Walters; and brother, Fred Rettig. Friends will be received from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Snyder-Crissman Funeral Home, 200 S. McKean St., Kittanning. Additional viewing will be held from 9:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home until the time of parting prayers at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at St. Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe Roman Catholic Church, 101 W. High St., Kittanning with the Rev. Douglas E. Dorula officiating. Interment will be in St. Eusebius Cemetery in East Brady.