RISH, Charlie I.

Obit Charles Rish

Charlie I. Rish was born in 1939 to Fred and Freda Rish in Johnstown, PA . He was the second of four children. Charlie enjoyed spending time outdoors, and at the age of 12, while building a tree fort, he fell from the tree and severely broke his right ankle which left him with a limp for the rest of his life. He never let it slow him down much and continued to live a very active life of physical work, hiking, hunting, camping and more. After finishing high school Charlie made the decision to attend Prairie Bible Institute in Three Hills, AB. He never imagined he would spend the rest of his life in this small prairie town, but that’s exactly what happened. Charlie joined the PBI staff after graduation and worked on the farm. It was at this time that he began to notice another single staff member by the name of Sara Goertzen. They were married on June 19, 1965, and had 4 children. Soon Charlie began to experience serious back pain, and decided to have surgery in hopes of finding relief, and he never regretted it. This resulted in him moving from the back-breaking work of the farm into the painting department. He went to Tech school in Edmonton and completed his journeyman’s ticket for painting & decorating in 1976. He continued in the painting department at Prairie until his retirement in 2004. One of Charlie’s most well-known sayings was, “I’m putting paint where it ain’t for the saints”. In later years he also did security and volunteered cutting grass and shoveling snow around the school property. Charlie also joined with a friend and turned his hobby of photography into a small business to earn some extra money for his young and growing family. Many people in the Three Hills area had their wedding pictures taken by Charlie. The photography business, along with taking on side jobs painting people’s homes, caused him to become well-known in the community. His honesty, friendliness and dependability became trademarks by which he was known. He was very committed in his service to this community as a volunteer firefighter. Starting first with PBI’s crew he later transitioned to the Three Hills Fire Department and was involved in many fire and rescue operations, finally retiring at the age of 70. Charlie considered everything he did, whether working or serving as an usher at Prairie Tabernacle Congregation, to be service for God, and always served faithfully as to the Lord. Charlie passed down his love of the outdoors, and very early on he taught his children how to hunt, fish and camp. Outdoor activities were something the entire family enjoyed together, and are some of their fondest memories. Following Sara’s passing in 2009, Charlie eventually left the home on sixth avenue north that he had spent over forty years in, and moved into the Golden Hills Lodge. He lived there until his dementia required that he have more care, and he ended up moving into Continuing Care in the Three Hills hospital in December 2022. On December 16, 2023, Charlie breathed his last breath on this earth and passed into Glory. Charlie is survived by his children and grandchildren: Karen and husband Dan Culmer (Katrina, Breanna and husband Daniel (great-grandchildren Theo and Kyo), Corissa, Collin and wife Paola, Jessica and Nathan), Darren and wife Boni (Kelsey and husband Justin, and Cara), Sharon, Garron and wife Amy (Journey and Solomon); his brother Leonard and wife Gloria, his sister Eileen Doran, as well as in-laws, nieces, nephews and many friends. Charlie is predeceased by his parents, his dear wife, his sister Carol and her husband Dave Walker, his brother-in-law Rod Doran, along with other relatives and a host of friends.