Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Jean Rish

Jean Rish, age 93, of Shelby died Monday, November 11, 2013 at the Crestwood Care Center in Shelby.

Her death being on Veterans Day was fitting as she was an extremely patriotic person and was so very proud of her grandson who is in the Marines.

Jean was born August 8, 1920 in Shiloh the daughter of the late Harry A. and Roxana (Graver) Garrett. Jean was valedictorian of the 1938 graduating class of Shiloh High School and went on to attend Bowling Green State University. She had been employed at Shelby Mutual Insurance Company and Wilkins Air Force Depot both in Shelby and retired in 1981 after 25 years as executive secretary to the superintendent and treasurer of the Plymouth Local School District. Jean lived all of her life in the Shiloh and Shelby area.

Jean was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Shelby where she was active in the United Methodist Women – holding various offices, and was chairman of Circle 4, head of the Commission on Missions for 6 years and played in the church hand bell choir. She was a charter member of the Garrett Riest Post #503 American Legion Auxiliary in Shiloh, Shiloh Grange, Shelby Area School Retirees and AARP.  In addition to her other volunteering, she was a Red Cross Volunteer at Shelby Memorial Hospital. An enthusiastic Cleveland Indians fan and follower, Jean was also an avid traveler and enjoyed playing cards.

Jean is survived by her children: Thomas (Linda) Rish of Shelby and Mary Ellen (Robert) McGuire of  Warrenton, Virginia; 4 grandsons: Jason Andrew (Stephine) Rish, Matthew Thomas (Kari) Rish, Lincoln Trevor (Kathleen) Starbuck and Derek Robert McGuire; 5 great grandchildren: Dylan and Brayden Rish, Johnathon, Anna, and Katie Starbuck; sister-in-law: Lois Garrett of Warner Robbins, Georgia. She was preceded in death by her husband: C. David Rish in 1980 and by 3 brothers: Alvin Garrett, Francis Garrett, and Neal Garrett.

Friends and family are welcome on Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 4-7 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where funeral services will be conducted on Friday at 10 AM by Rev. Tom Snyder. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Shiloh. Memorial expressions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 18 South Gamble Street, Shelby.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Ann Imhoff says:

    Tom and Linda
    Very sorry for the loss of your Mother. I saw her a few times when she was in the hospital. Our prayers are with all of you
    Ann, Tom, Tammy and family

  2. Tom Adams says:

    Tom & Linda,
    Sorry for the loss of your mom.

  3. Jeff Van Vlerah says:

    So sorry to learn of Jeans passing…she was a great lady and I enjoyed being around her when I had the opportunity. She always had a great smile…:) Thoughts and prayers to Tom, Linda, Jason, Matt and all the Rish family.

    Jeff and Jennifer Van Vlerah

  4. Barb & Wayne Ingram says:

    Tom, Linda & family,
    I was so sorry to read of Jean’s passing. She was a very lovely lady, I always enjoyed seeing Jean and chatting with her. Our prayers are with you. Barb & Wayne Ingram

  5. Beth Terman says:

    Tom and LInda, So very sorry to hear of your Mothers’ passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Beth and Randy Terman

  6. Gloria Powers says:

    Tom and Linda
    So very sorry for your loss.

  7. Linda Owen says:

    Dear Mary and Robert,

    I am so sorry for your loss. My love and prayers are with you today and always. I wish I could be there to help you through your grief. May God bless you and keep you strong.


    Linda Owen

  8. Bob & Barbara Gahagan says:

    Mary and your family, we’re very sorry for your loss.

  9. Edna Karnes says:

    Mary Ellen, I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was a sweet lady. She showed my Mom her apartment when my Mom was deciding if she wanted to move to Shelby and to Park Village. I pray that you are comforted by many sweet memories of her. One that I remember from being your neighbor on Kastor Road, so many years ago is, when I went to visit you on a playdate, and your Mom took one of your doll blankets and divided it and made one for your doll and one for mine. That was sweet of her. Bless you, Edna Hartz Karnes

  10. Ed and Jean Russell says:

    Very sorry to hear of Jean passing. Our condolences to you and your family.

  11. John & JoAnn Waldruff says:

    Tom & Linda ~ we are saddened to hear of your mother’s passing. I remember Jean and my mother as mothers’ and/or bridge club members. You have our sincere sympathy and prayers for comfort during this sad time. John & JoAnn

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