Arnie Rettig believed in living life to the fullest and extending a helping hand to those in need, said Marie Rettig, his wife of 55 years.
“He was always willing to extend a hand to those in need,” she said.
Arnold “Arnie” Rettig, 77, of Gary, died June 6. He was a 30-year member with the Painters and Allied Trades Union 460.
He had studied at Monarch Conservatory of Music in Hammond and was a 1954 graduate of Bishop Noll Institute. He was a longtime member of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Gary and was a lifetime member of Catholic Order of Foresters.
He loved music and played the piano and the accordion. He had helped direct the church choir at one point, his wife said.
“He loved any kind of music, and singing and whistling,” she said. “He would even sing to the nurses in the hospital.”
He had five daughters and a son and enjoyed spending time with his children and his grandchildren.
He had a good sense of humor and enjoyed it when people gathered to play in the pool or hang out around the house.
“He even built sets of stilts for the neighborhood kids to walk on,” she said.
Rettig loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing and boating.
“He loved being anywhere there was water he could throw a line in,” she said.