Gilbert Rieker, 88 - January 28, 2009
Gilbert H. Rieker, 88, of Eustis died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009, at the Elwood Care Center.
Burial took place at 9 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 23, at Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell, with military honors. A service followed at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church of Eustis with the Rev. Tess Hufford officiating.
Rieker was born April 13, 1920, at Eustis to Edward and Edna (Bick) Rieker. He graduated from Eustis High School in 1938.
In January of 1942, he entered the U.S. Army where he served in World War II. He was stationed at several places in Europe including Germany, France and England before being discharged in December of 1945.
Following his discharge, he resided at Eustis where he farmed.
On May 16, 1948, he was united in marriage to Nadine E. Whisler at Eustis. The couple made their home on a farm northwest of Eustis where they lived for 40 years. In 1987, the couple moved to town. His wife preceded him in death in 2001.
On Nov. 29, 2003, he married Shirley Fochman Booker at Callaway. The couple resided at Eustis.
Maintaining family ties was one of Rieker’s highest priorities as well as cherished time spent with his children and grandchildren, according to family members. He was proud to be a farmer, was a great steward of God’s creation and was never too busy to help others, the family said.
His love for his country and community was reflected in his dedication to maintaining an active Eustis American Legion Post.
?Rieker enjoyed helping with many community events and projects, and for him, Sundays were for church, according to family members. Throughout his 14-month illness, his optimistic attitude, sense of humor and teasing manner was unwavering, bringing joy to those around him, said family members.
He was preceded in death by: his first wife, Nadine; his parents, Edward and Edna.
Survivors include: his wife, Shirley of Eustis; two sons—Edward Rieker of North Platte and Alan (Toni) Rieker of Eustis; three daughters—Kathleen (Dan) Becker of Peoria, Ill, Janet (Tom) Nyffeler of Stromsburg, and Jacqueline (John) Burn of Roundup, MT; four stepdaughters—Sharon (Lee Wayne) Knepp of Callaway, Beverly (Oliver) Dawson and Phyllis (Chuck) Lynch, all of North Platte, and Gaylene (David) Nelson of Oconto; a brother, Kenneth (Lois) Rieker of Gothenburg; 15 grandchildren—Scott, John, Benjamin, Kelli, Jacqueline, Jonathan, Paul, Barbara, J.J., Jeremy, Jessica, Ashton, Jordan, Braden and Preston; 14 stepgrandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 15 stepgreat-grandchildren; several other relatives and friends.
A memorial has been established. Online condolences may be shared with family members at berrymanfuneralhome.com.