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.