Hometown: Covington, KY
Date of Birth: January 26, 1903
Date of Death: May 16, 1977
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Obituary - Riefkin dies of cancer, Kentucky Post (Covington) (May 18, 1977) by Connie Remlinger
"He's known that he had cancer since March 1 and has been taking chemotherapy treatment," said his daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Ellis, 2270 Dixie Hwy., Ft. Mitchell.
"He never complained."
Riefkin, 74, of 105 Iris Rd., Ft. Mitchell, was a "serious fellow, one hundred per cent business."
Except when it came to horses.
"He loved horses and was owner of Bally Ache who won the Preakness at Pimlico, Baltimore, in 1960," said Mrs. Ellis, whose husband, Tom Jr., is a salesman for NCR.
Riefkin was delighted when Seattle Slew, which was bred by Riefkin's best friend, Ben Castleman, won the 1977 Kentucky Derby, Mrs. Ellis said.
Riefkin started off as a director of purchasing at the former Andrew's Steel Mill, Newport, after graduation from University of Kentucky in 1924.
He worked his way up to vice president and general manager of sales for Interlake Steel. He retired in 1969.
Riefkin was a champion diver and swimmer at U.K.
Castleman introduced him to his wife, Elizabeth, at the White Horse Tavern, Mrs. Ellis said.
"He married when he was 38 or 39," said Mrs. Ellis.
"He just didn't meet the right girl and he was an athlete and career man."
Other survivors included a daughter, Mrs. Gail Geany, Naples, Fla.
Bullock, Ludlow in charge of arrangements. The family requests memorials to the Covington Protestant Children's Home or the Covington YMCA.