Merlin Rieck was born June 11, 1955 in Mitchell to Herman and Hope (Burchfield) Rieck. On May 13, 2005 he married Rachelle Kamps. Merlin loved learning and experiencing the history of South Dakota by cruising the highways on his motorcycle. He had an equal love for music which he expressed through years of playing with different bands and even making music with his grandkids. Merlin was a caring and giving man, always willing to help whenever he could.
He is survived by two step-daughters: Jennifer Kamps, Pierre; and Tricia (Matt) Gerlach, Watertown; two sisters: Eileen (James) Persons, Deadwood; and Deb (Maurice) Zoss, Mitchell; one nephew, Randy (Traci) Zoss, Mitchell and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rachelle and parents.