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CISSNA PARK — Irvin H. Rieches, 93, of Cissna Park, died Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, April 13, at Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park. Funeral services will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cissna Park at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14, with visitation starting an hour before. The Rev. Tim Hahn will officiate. Burial will be in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery at Ash Grove.
Mr. Rieches was born May 19, 1918, in Cissna Park, the son of Henry and Amanda Schumacher Rieches. He married Leona Rascher in Buckley on May 25, 1941. She survives.
Also surviving are: four children, Ronald (Sharon) Rieches of Buckley, Richard (Kim) Rieches of Cissna Park, Ryan (Marian) Rieches of Santa Ana, Calif., and Joy Lou (Jay) Walker of Champaign; one sister, Bernice Taden of Crescent City; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Lee; two brothers, Gilbert and Orville; and a sister, Lorena.
Mr. Rieches was a lifelong resident of the Cissna Park area and member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where he was a long-standing trustee. Growing up in the Depression era, Irvin quit school in the eighth grade to help his family on their farm.
He and Leona began farming on Leona’s grandparents farm in the Woodworth area without a tractor and using only horses and without electricity in their home. In 1948, they bought their own farm near Ash Grove, where they attended St. John’s Lutheran Church at Ash Grove for 35 years.
They moved to Cissna Park in 1974, and Irvin helped his sons farm while working at Kellerhals Electric.
Mr. Rieches enjoyed working and never considered retirement until age 90, when he passed his roofing business onto his sons Ron and Rich. He played dart ball for over 50 years in the Lutheran Church League and was a life-long Chicago Cubs fan. His biggest hobby was using his “jack of all trades” experience to help others.
Memorial contributions may be given to Trinity Lutheran Church in Cissna Park or to an organization of the donor’s choice.
Please sign the online guestbook at knappfuneralhomes.com.