Cover photo for Rev. David Riffle's Obituary

Rev. David Riffle

August 19, 1941 — August 16, 2022

Rev. David Riffle

Rev. David Riffle passed away August 16, 2022 at the Hospice House in Hayden, Idaho.  Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m. Monday, August 22nd at the English Funeral Chapel, 1133 N. 4th St., Coeur d’Alene, ID.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 23rd at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 625 E. Haycraft Ave, Coeur d’Alene, ID.

Fr. Dave was born August 19, 1941 in Kellogg, Idaho, the youngest of three sons born to Hugh and Madeline Riffle.  Fr. Dave’s brothers, Douglas and Donald, as well as Fr. Dave were ordained Catholic priests in the Diocese of Boise.  Fr. Dave was ordained May 20, 1967.

He was very active in so many areas of his Catholic faith including Cathada Religious Education were he began search programs in Idaho.  He also worked with “Hotline” in Boise and directed the crisis team.  He began a weekly Catholic radio program in Boise.  Other special assignments he had were the Catholic Communications Center (he created, produced, directed and marketed radio and TV spots.) Fr. Dave also provided TV spots nationwide and to other english speaking countries.  From 1974-1990, he was a transactional analysis therapist and did therapy groups and communication workshops throughout Idaho and the northwest.  Fr. Dave was very involved with marriage encounters working with Worldwide Marriage Encounter.  He helped develop “TV and Values” weekends and worked on Marriage Encounters from San Diego to Anchorage for five years.

In his spare time, when he could find some, he enjoyed fishing and hunting in the state he loved, Idaho. He also had his private pilot’s license; he flew single engine aircrafts for 25 years.  Fr. Dave always said, “Flying was my therapy”!  He also enjoyed working and living on acreage south of St. Maries with friend of nearly 50 years, Sandy Angel.  They later moved to Hayden, Idaho.  Fr. Dave retired at the end of his assignment in Bonners Ferry in 2006.

Fr. Dave is survived by his friend, Sandy and cousin Susan (John) McGinnis.  He was preceded in death by his parents and both brothers, Douglas and Donald.

 

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Past Services

Visitation

Monday, August 22, 2022

5:00 - 7:00pm (Pacific time)

English Funeral Chapel and Crematory

1133 N. 4th St, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

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Vigil

Monday, August 22, 2022

Starts at 7:00pm (Pacific time)

English Funeral Chapel and Crematory

1133 N. 4th St, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

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Mass of Christian Burial

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Starts at 10:00am (Pacific time)

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Final Resting Place

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