George Gilbert Riecke


February 10, 1928 - February 19, 2010




George Gilbert Riecke was born February 10, 1928, at Corsica, SD, to George and Emma (Zirpel) Riecke. He grew up on his parent’s farm in Davison County and attended Baker # 41 Country School. On December 14, 1944, he married Bernice Vreugdenhil at St. John Lutheran Church. He farmed until 1952, and then moved to Mitchell where he worked at the Anderson Packing Company until 1955. He worked at Greenlee Packing Company, in Sioux Falls and owned Riecke’s Bait Shop. In 1973, he moved to Rapid City where he was employed at Black Hills Packing Company until retiring in 1989. He moved to Colton in 1992, moved to Paige, NE in 1996 and then Verdigre, NE in 2002. He moved to Sioux Falls in 2006, where he was a resident until the time of his death. He was a member of the Wayne Township Fire Department for 16 years, the Crooks Gun Club and enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards and taking his family on yearly vacations.

He is survived by five daughters: Gloria Schmidt and husband, Dale of Sioux Falls, SD, Mavis Kiggins and husband, Ronald of Harrisburg, SD, Doreen Thoelke of Rapid City, SD, Georgia Honstein and fiancé, Bernie Carr of Torrington, WY, Brenda Brown and husband, Kent of Rapid City, SD; thirteen grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren  and one sister-in-law, Erna Riecke of Mitchell, SD. He was preceded in death by Bernice in 1996, one brother, Albert Riecke and four sisters:  Sophie Semmler, Viola Schuh, Clara Schrank and Esther Riecke; two grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a special friend, Fern Boelter.



Tuesday, February 23, 2010
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Wednesday, February 24, 2010
1:30 PM
Saint John Lutheran Church
39443 270th Street
Dimock, South Dakota


Saint John Lutheran Cemetery
Dimock, South Dakota

Posted by Vern & Sharon Bultje on February 22, 2010
Our sympathy to our cousins for the loss of your father. May you remember all the good times, the fun times and the special bond you had with your dad. Our prayers will be with you in the days ahead.
Posted by Kelsey Carlson on February 22, 2010
R.I.P Uncle George. You will be missed. I will miss your phone calls. you always made me laugh. You will be in a better place and remember i love you. I love you Uncle George.
Posted by Greg & Sharon Carlson on February 22, 2010
To George's family , when i found Aunt Fern who was my moms Bio sister , George and Fern came into our lives , George was such a special man to my family ,and we grew very close and we kept in touch by phone and mail. We saw him last at Aunt ferns Funeral and it was a emontial goodbye when we left , but we still talked by phone . When Mavis called me on Friday , it was a sad day indeed. We will miss you Uncle George ,and we will never forget you. With much love and respect Greg A and Sharon Carlson & Family
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