NEMRA Mourns the Passing of John Blust

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Announcement written by Rick Leonard, President of Riffle & Associates, Inc.

It is with the deepest regret that I announce the passing of John Blust, one of the founders of Riffle & Associates.  We send our heartfelt sympathy to John’s family and hope they will find comfort in the wonderful memories John helped create throughout their many years together.

John, in conjunction with Bob Riffle and Bob Liskay, founded Riffle & Associates in January 1963. He spent 54 years with the company, retiring in May 2017. During those many years, he touched the lives of countless employees through his generosity, mentorship, and friendship. Beyond Riffle, John’s passion and competitive nature left a mark on nearly everyone in the industry.  He strove tirelessly to ensure the success of manufacturers, customers, and employees, and created an environment in which they could reach their goals.

John possessed attributes to which we should all aspire.  Because he knew that adversity is temporary, he demonstrated optimism in the face of every setback.  His infectious drive allowed your confidence to flourish: if he was not leading you, then he was supporting you from the wings.  He considered his relationships of utmost importance, and the qualities of kindness, loyalty, trust, and empathy—all central to his personality—left an unforgettable impression on his friends and colleagues.  His passion could not help but motivate action, and action generates results.  With John Blust involved, one could rest assured that those results would be successful.  And make no mistake: through all the trials, tribulations, and challenges, his integrity reigned supreme and integrity, above all, represents the true measure of a man.

Death ends a life, but not a relationship. While what John accomplished for himself may have died with him, what he accomplished for others will endure for countless years ahead. Those who knew John well knew that he wanted to live forever.  Although we know, of course, that human life is finite, creating a permanent legacy remains within reach, and John Blust created such a legacy.  He might be gone from our sight, but never from our hearts.

While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.”


Rick Leonard, President

Riffle & Associates, Inc.

Memorial Arrangements for John Blust are as follows:


Thursday, 4-29-21 from 6pm-8pm

Tobias Funeral Home-Far Hills Chapel

5471 Far Hills Ave.

Dayton, Ohio 45429


Friday, 4-30-21 at 10:30am

Saint Charles Borromeo

4500 Ackerman Blvd.

Kettering, Ohio 45429

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