Gerald "Jerry" Rifenbark

May 17, 1945June 23, 2018

Gerald “Jerry” Rifenbark, 73 passed away on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at home in Davenport Center.

He was born on May 17, 1945 in Charlotteville, the son of Isaac and Dorothy (O’Dell) Rifenbark.

Jerry was a Vietnam Veteran, serving in the US Navy. He was an active member of the VFW, American Legion, the Elks Lodge, and an honorary member of the East Meredith Fire Department. He is survived by his wife of 7 years, Patricia A. Rifenbark of Davenport Center; his son and daughter in law, Justin & Genista Rifenbark; his son and daughter in law, Kurt & Angela Rifenbark; his son and daughter in law, Jerry Jr & Tara Rifenbark; his daughter and son in law, Pamela & Michael Cyran; 10 grandchildren; and step daughters, Kelly & Cheryl Dale.

He was predeceased by his second wife, Lenore (LeMason); his parents, Isaac and Dorothy Rifenbark; his sister, Virginia; his brother, Fred Rifenbark; his brother, Joseph Rifenbark; and his sister, Barbara Thorne.

Friends are invited to gather for a Celebration of Life in Jerry’s honor on Saturday, July 7th at 1 pm at the East Meredith Fire Department located at 6192 County Hwy 10, East Meredith, NY 13757.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jerry’s memory are asked to be made to the Elks Lodge, 1860 Union Valley Road, West Milford, NJ 07480

Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting

Arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, July 7, 2018

Gerald "Jerry" Rifenbark

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Mike Remia

July 23, 2018

My thoughts are with the Rifenbark family in this difficult time. Jerry was a good man. I coached peewee football for 4 years with Jerry and loved every minute I got to spend with him.
God Speed Jerry

john burgher

July 3, 2018

We send our condolences to the family of Uncle Jerry. My mother Betty Rifenbark was Jerrys sister.
John Burgher