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Les Rietfors Age 53, called to God February 17, 2005. A life-long resident of Kailua, he was born there on October 3, 1951. Les passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, after a short illness. A loving and devoted husband and father, he is survived by Cheryl, his wife of 25 years, and daughters Amanda Rietfors and Ashley (Ken) Casazza of Fresno, California. He is also survived by his father Fritz (Lois) Rietfors, jr. of Kamuela and brothers Ron (Marge) of Kamuela and Ken (Linda) of Kailua as well as six nephews and five nieces. His mother, Esther Hodde Rietfors, preceded him in death.

Les was a custom woodworker, cabinetmaker and more recently a master Luthier, or maker of ukuleles and guitars. His custom crafted pieces have found homes all over the world and a twinkle would shine in his eyes when he talked about his instruments, often referring to them as “his children”. Les was happy to play a role by providing the tools for musicians to deliver so much enjoyment to others.

Not long ago he and his nephew Justin spent the summer building a guitar together. Les was justifiably proud of the young man, especially of his talents in playing the instrument and his devotion to it. He was able to find much comfort in Justin’s music during his final weeks. A memorial service is planned for 4-6p.m. Monday, February 28 on the beach at his beloved Lanikai, Kailua Pavilion by the Lanikai Boat Ramp. Les Rietfors will be sorely missed but fondly remember by those who knew him.

Silence comes slowly
Sleep embraces the body
At last the light comes



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