FAIRMONT - A celebration of life for Richard J. Riegel, 81, of Fairmont, Minn., will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 12, at Bethel Evangelical Free Church in Fairmont. Burial with full military honors by the Lee C. Prentice American Legion Post 36 and the Martin County VFW Post 1222 will be in St. Paul's UCC Cemetery in Pleasant Prairie, rural Granada.
Richard passed away peacefully Wednesday evening, May 7, 2014, at Truman Senior Living Center. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Sunday, May 11, at Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont, and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church Monday.
Richard John Riegel was born Aug. 18, 1932, in Pleasant Prairie Township, Martin County, Minn., the son of Samuel and Emma (Zoeller) Riegel. He attended District 105 country school in Pleasant Prairie and was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul's E and R Church in Pleasant Prairie. He entered the U.S. Army on May 20, 1953, and served overseas in Germany. He was honorably discharged as a corporal on May 15, 1955. On Sept. 28, 1957, he married the love of his life, Muriel Johnson, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Trimont. Their early years were spent on farms near Elmore and Guckeen. They moved to Fairmont in 1966 and Richard was employed with the Fairmont Public Schools. He was a carpenter by trade but could fix anything. After 27 years, he retired in 1993. Richard and Muriel spent the next 20 years wintering in Texas.
Left to cherish his memory include his wife, Muriel Riegel of Truman; one son, Rodney Riegel and his wife, Bernadine "Bernie" of Green Isle, Minn., and children, Shawna and Anton; one daughter, Ruth Vial and her husband, Kevin and son Jacob, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; brother, Leonard Riegel and his wife, Liz of Fairmont; brother-in-law, Francis Swanson and his wife, Wilma; sisters-in-law, Elaine Johnson and Alice Johnson; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Preceding Richard in death are his parents; sisters, Ella Jean Holland and Mae Swanson; his in-laws, Lawrence and Eleanor Johnson, three brother-in-laws; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Richard loved bolo ties, so if you would like to honor his memory, please wear one.
Memorials are preferred to the American Diabetes Foundation, perpetual care fund for the St. Paul's UCC Cemetery in Pleasant Prairie or the Alzheimer's Association.