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Cleon V. Riel, Sr.

November 6, 1925 ~ September 24, 2018 (age 92)
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PITTSFIELD- Mr. Cleon V. Riel, Sr., 92, a lifelong resident of Pittsfield, passed away unexpectedly in the New Hampshire State Veterans Home on September 24, 2018.

Born in Pittsfield, Cleon was the son of the late Victor and Irene (Genest) Riel.  He was raised and educated in Pittsfield and was a graduate of Pittsfield High School.  Following his graduation, Cleon enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served his country during World War II.

Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a Line Engineer with the NH Electric Co-Op, a position he held for over 40 years.  Cleon was past president of the Pittsfield Lions Club and was a longtime member of the VFW in Pittsfield.  He was a member of the Civil Defense and also taught hunter safety for several years.

Cleon was an avid hunter and fisherman and also enjoyed beekeeping and candlepin bowling.

He was predeceased by his siblings: Theresa Chagnon, Ronald Riel, Jacqueline Drew, James Riel and Edward Riel.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Therese (Drouin) Riel; his two children: Cleon “Kip” Riel, Jr. of Pittsfield and Lurene M. Riel of Epsom; his two grandchildren, Marissa Butterfield and Shelby Riel; his great grandson, Jason Butterfield; and his siblings, Vincent Riel of Keene, Arlene Riel of Old Orchard Beach, ME and Patricia Gagne of Cape Coral, FL.  He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Calling Hours will be held on Saturday, September 29th from 10 A.M. to 12 P.M. in the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home 1217 Suncook Valley Highway in Epsom followed by a Funeral Service in the Funeral Home at 12 P.M.  Burial will follow in Floral Park Cemetery, Pittsfield.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Cleon’s memory may be sent to the NH Veterans Home, 139 Winter St. Tilton, NH 03276 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 166 S. River Rd. #210, Bedford, NH 03110.  To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit

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