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Obituary of Willard W. Rieke

Willard W. Rieke, son of Ervine Rieke and Edith (Larkins) Rieke was born January 3, 1921 at Rural Republic County, Kansas, near Chester, Nebraska and passed away on June 9, 2016 at Thayer County Health Services, Hebron, Nebraska at the age of 95 years, 5 months and 6 days.
He graduated from Chester High School. He was united in marriage to Anita L. Day on March 26, 1942 and to this union two children were born, Terry and Susan. He served with the United States Army during World War Two from September 3, 1943 to December 24, 1945.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ervine and Edith Rieke, wife, Anita L. Rieke, one son, Terry Rieke, one brother, Loren, two sisters, Velma and Donna.
He is survived by one daughter, Susan (Ron) Moxham of Belleville, KS., six grandchildren, Julie (John) Mues, Angie (Wade) Jensik, Staci (Brian) McKernan, Randy (Kellie) Rieke, Robyn (John) Schultheiss, Roxann (Gregg) Holliday, fifteen great grandchildren, Jackson Mues, Jordyn Mues, Claire Jensik, Emily Jensik, Thomas McKernan, Joseph McKernan, Lukas McKernan, Cole McKernan, Leah Rieke, Sheridan Rieke, Alyson( Schultheiss) Haley, Adam Schultheiss, Sierra Holliday, Camden Holliday, Carson Holliday, daughter in law, Karen Rieke-Widhalm of Norfolk, NE, nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends
Memorial services will be held 11:00 AM, Wednesday, June 15, 2016, United Methodist Church, Chester, Nebraska, conducted by Pastor Mark Baldwin.
Inurnment will be in Chester Cemetery, Chester, Nebraska
Military Graveside Services by the United States Army Honor Guard.
Memorials may be given to Family Choice
Friends may sign the register book from 1 PM to 6 PM Tuesday, June 14 at Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Chester, Nebraska
Online condolences and information at
Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Chester, Nebraska in charge of arrangements.


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