Coshocton Foundation announces new fund

| June 28, 2017

COSHOCTON – A new restricted fund has been established at the Coshocton Foundation according to Bob Pell, executive director.

The Socrates J. Rettos Cardinal Chorale Fund has been established by John and Reba Rettos in memory of their son Socrates, who passed away earlier this year at the age of 57 of cancer of the esophagus.

In his youth, Socrates served as an acolyte at Trinity Episcopal Church, and during his high school years, he attended Emmanuel Lutheran Church where he sang in the choir. He also sang for three years with the Coshocton Community Choir.

Socrates was active in high school band and theater, as well as Coshocton Footlight Players. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout and was on the staff of the Muskingum Valley Scout Reservation from 1973 to 1976.

He was involved in the Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival for more than 30 years, first as an observer and later as a licensed pilot and balloon owner. He became certified as a commercial pilot, flying six- and 10-passenger balloons, and always loved the opportunity to fly in his hometown.            

He was a graduate of The Ohio State University, and was married to Lyn Hange, with whom he had two daughters, Brooke and Blythe.

The newly created fund at the Coshocton Foundation was established to honor the mentoring and dedication of its founder, Charles R. Snyder, who was Socrates’ Scoutmaster, choir director and mentor. The fund is intended to provide the Cardinal Chorale with programming support.

Tax-deductible contributions to the Socrates J. Rettos Cardinal  Chorale Fund can be made to the Coshocton Foundation, P.O. Box 55, Coshocton, OH  43812, noting the fund to which the contribution is to be applied.

Information about all of the foundation’s restricted funds can be found at

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