The  Greenfield  Daily  Reporter
June 29, 1971
P.M. Rethmeyer Drowns Monday In Gravel Pit
          Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday from the new Palestine Chapel of Hendryx Mortuaries for  Phillip M. Rethmeyer, age 27 years, a resident of 6424 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, who drowned Monday afternoon in the Irving Materials Inc. gravel pit near the east end of Geist Reservoir near McCordsville.  Interment will take place in New Palestine cemetery.
          The body of Mr. Rethmeyer was found under 10 feet of water about 6:49 p.m. Monday four hours after he was seen taking a customary swim in the pit.
          Employees of Irving Materials said that Rethmeyer later was seen swimming off a floating pump about 15 feet from shore about 2:30 p.m.  An autopsy to determime the cause of death was conducted at Riverview Hospital in Noblesville.
          Born Shelby County, Jan 23, 1944 in Shelbyville, Mr. Rethmeyer was the son of  Meredith and  Altha Cecil Rethmeyer.
          He had been employed by the Irving Materials Inc., as a loader operator for about ten years.  He served in the United States Army after graduating from New Palestine High School.
          Surviving are his [living];his father Meredith Rethemeyer of Indianapolis; his maternal grandparents,  John A. and  Anna Mae Cecil of Finly, who reared him in their home. 
          Friends may call at the chapel after 2 p.m. on Wednesday.
Contributed by Brenda

The  Greenfield  Daily  Reporter
January 24, 1944
Soldier's Wife Expires at 25
Mrs. Mary Altha Rethmeyer Dies Sunday
at Her Home Near Carrolton
          Mrs. Mary Altha Rethmeyer, age 25 years died Sunday morning at her home one and a half miles southwest of Carrollton.
          She was the wife of  Pvt. Meredith G. Rethmeyer, now stationed at Camp Cook, California.
          Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. John A. Cecil; four brothers,  Everett,  Wayne, and  Leon Cecil  and  Melvin Cecil, in the U.S. Navy, stationed at San Francisco; [living].
Funeral services will be held at 9:30 at the residence and at 10 at St. Micheal's Catholic church, Greenfield. Interment in New Palestine Cemetery.
          The husband is expected to arrive from California Tuesday.  Max Herrich & Son's Service in charge of arrangements.
Contributed by Brenda

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