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CWO4 Charles “Chuck” Riedel USN (RET)

June 21, 1932 ~ January 18, 2021 (age 88)

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CWO4 Charles “Chuck” Riedel USN (RET), age 88, of Athens, passed away Monday, January 18, 2021, at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville.

A native of Ellis, Kansas and longtime resident of McMinn County, he was a son of the late Leo and Stella Landauer Riedel.  He was preceded in death by son Nicholas Lee Riedel and sister Marlene Olheiser.

Charles was a member of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.  He retired from the U.S. Navy after 22 years with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 4.  He served on both the U.S.S. America and U.S.S. Enterprise.  Upon his retirement from the Navy, he was employed with Cleveland State Community College as a Computer Analyst for over 26 years.

He is survived by his

Wife of 65 years Dorothy “Dot” Hicks Riedel of Athens;

Son Douglas Scott Riedel I of Athens;

Several Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren;

Sister Rita Duncan of Aloha, OR;

Brother Gordon Riedel and wife Debbie of Happy Valley, OR;

Sisters-in-law Lucille Burke of Athens, and Jane Johnson and husband Bill of Athens;

Brothers-in-law Curt Hicks and wife June of Athens, and Dennis Hicks and wife Betty of Athens;

Several Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral Services will be at 2:00 PM Friday January 22 at Ziegler Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Albert Forsythe officiating.  A Rosary will be prayed at 1:30 by the Knights of Columbus.  A graveside service will follow at the Riedel Family Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers will be Johnny Dawson, Douglas Riedel and DJ Riedel.

The family will receive friends on Friday from 12 PM until 2 PM at Ziegler Funeral Home.

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Ziegler Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care of Charles “Chuck” Riedel.

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January 22, 2021

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Ziegler Funeral Home
521 W. Madison Ave
Athens, TN 37303

Funeral Service
January 22, 2021

2:00 PM
Ziegler Funeral Home
521 W. Madison Ave
Athens, TN 37303

January 22, 2021

3:00 PM
Riedel Family Cemetery
115 County Road 132
Athens, TN 37303

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