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Weigel Funeral Home ~ Swanton
Friday September 16th, 2022
4:00pm - 8:00pm

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Trinity United Methodist Church
Saturday September 17th, 2022
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Bertram T. Riches, Jr.

Bertram T. Riches, Jr., affectionately known as Bert, age 92, of Swanton, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, September 14th, 2022 at Ebeid Hospice in Sylvania. He was born October, 23, 1929 in Wauseon, Ohio to Bertram T., Sr. and Florence E. (Meller) Riches. Bert graduated from Wauseon High School in 1947, and on January 14, 1951, he married the love of his life, Joan Sharman.

Bert worked for Gulf Oil in sales for 18 years, and retired as custodian from Swanton Local Schools. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Swanton for many years. An avid sports fan, Bert enjoyed going to ball games, rooting on the Swanton Bulldogs, and watching his grandkids play at sporting events. Bert thoroughly enjoyed being with his family and was very proud of all their accomplishments. He selflessly dedicated himself to them and his community.

Bert will be greatly missed by his beloved wife of 71 years, Joan; children, Marta (Timothy) Sheehan, Teri Davis, Scott (Gail) Riches and Amy (Chris) Vaccaro; 9 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; brother, Lee (Karen) Riches; brother-in-law, Richard (Diane) Sharman; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Bert was preceded in death by his parents; son, Thomas Riches; son-in-law, Michael Davis; and his sisters, Mary Anita Clair and Norma Elton.

Visitation will be held Friday, September 16th from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton. Visitation will resume Saturday, September 17th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 210 N. Main St., where funeral services will begin at 11:00 a.m., with Pastor Justin McCall officiating. Interment will follow at Wauseon Union Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 210 N. Main St., Swanton, OH 43558.

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A candle was lit in memory of Bertram Riches, Jr.

Billie Sue Neitzke (Ramer) Sep 21 2022 7:09 PM

My heart is with all of the Riches family. Bert was such a good and nice man. He sure loved his family!! God Bless. ❤️🙏😇❤️

Joanie Tolford Abrams Sep 20 2022 11:56 AM

*I Pray Uncle Bert and Suzanne Sharman reunite in Heaven soon

Cindy Sharman Dame Sep 19 2022 9:42 AM

I’m am without words..this video that was made says so much! We shared the same birthday, as well as my father. Uncle Bert IS also My Godfather and Aunt Joan my Godmother. I Love them so very deeply, and am sad for Marta, Scott and Amy and all of those grandchildren. I have ray he and Suzanne get a chance to reunite in Heaven❤️

Cindy Sharman Dame Sep 19 2022 9:40 AM

Gayle and I are sincerely saddened by the passing of Bert which we just learned of today. We are further genuinely upset that we did not attend his wake. Bert was the spark of the McDonald's crowd and will be missed.
Our condolences, thoughts and prayers to his great family

Colin and Gayle McQuade Sep 19 2022 8:06 AM

So sorry for your loss. Bert was nothing but a 1st class person/ Always a smile and i remember when i played sports at Swanton how he would shake my hand at every basketball game no matter. He was one of a kind and God has gotten one of the best MEN i have ever knnown

Bill Doren Sep 18 2022 4:51 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Bertram Riches, Jr.

Greg Seigneur Sep 18 2022 4:40 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with the Riches family.... he was one of Swanton's best.... Always a smile and hearty handshake when he saw you... Rest In Peace, Bert.......

Ken Najarian Sep 18 2022 8:27 AM

So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to comfort you.

David Meller and family Sep 17 2022 4:44 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Bertram Riches, Jr.

Jean Brodbeck Rahm Sep 17 2022 2:46 PM

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