OBITUARY

Dewey Monroe Riehn

January 16, 1938November 25, 2019
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Dewey Monroe Riehn, 81, of Ashland passed away Monday, November 25, 2019 at University Hospital. Visitation will be held 4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. Sunday, December 1, 2019 at Memorial Funeral Home. An additional visitation will take place 10 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. Monday, December 2, 2019 at Little Bonne Femme Baptist Church. Funeral Services will follow at 11:00 A.M. at the church. Burial with full military honors will follow in the church cemetery.

Dewey was born on January 16, 1938 in Jackson, Missouri the son of Ernest Riehn and Effie (Barks) Riehn. On August 24, 1958 he was united in marriage to Virginia Sides, who survives. He served his country proudly for 20 years: two years as a Marine and eighteen in the army, most of those years as a counter-intelligence officer. He served in the Philippines and Vietnam and he lived in Okinawa and Munich, Germany. Upon retirement, Dewey had a 24 year career with the Missouri Department of Social Services as an investigator. He devoted sixteen years following that as a lobbyist for veteran’s issues at both the state and national level. He was an original member of the Boone County Children’s Services Board beginning in 2013. Dewey was ordained as a deacon in 1965, served in many churches with the last forty years as a deacon at Little Bonne Femme Baptist Church. He was a member of VFW Post 280, American Legion Post 158 Jackson, Missouri and the Vietnam Veterans of America. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting when he was younger, and traveling throughout his life. He enjoyed telling a good story. Dewey also had a passion for working with kids, such as coaching team sports like youth football and softball; most recently supporting and encouraging college students providing a home-like atmosphere for those needing a family atmosphere. The gift he treasured most was his time spent with family.

Dewey is survived by his wife Virginia; his children: Dewey DuWain Riehn; Melissa (Susan) Gaye; Lori Riehn; Ernie (Susan) Riehn; a son in law, Richard Carr; seven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and a host of cousins; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother: Doyle Riehn and a daughter, Elizabeth Renee Carr.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to the VFW Service Officers Fund or Little Bonne Femme Church Facilities Endowment Fund.

  • DONATIONS

  • the VFW Service Officers Fund or Little Bonne Femme Church Facilities Endowment Fund

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, December 1, 2019
  • Visitation Monday, December 2, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, December 2, 2019

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FROM THE FAMILY
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Dewey Monroe Riehn was born 16 January 1938 in Jackson, Missouri, to Effie and Ernest Riehn. He accepted Jesus as his LORD and Savior when he was six years old and was active in church programs from early childhood on.

FROM THE FAMILY

Dewey lived and attended school in Jackson, playing drums in the school band, as well as in a small combo to make extra cash. He was also active in the school drama program.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Dewey worked many different jobs while attending school and graduated in 1956.

FROM THE FAMILY

Two weeks after high school graduation Dewey enlisted with the US Marines. After basic training he was sent to Japan, where he had cold weather training, including mountain skiing lessons. He was next sent to Okinawa where he experienced his first typhoon.

FROM THE FAMILY

He was a tank driver and part of a crew which got lost in the jungle for two weeks in the Philippines, where he got malaria. When the crew was found, Dewey was air-lifted to a military hospital for treatment. That was an adventurous two years!

FROM THE FAMILY

Dewey returned to his home town of Jackson. While home he renewed his acquaintance with a local girl. She was in college, working part-time and had no spare time for dating. He persisted by showing up after her last class and after she finished work. Persistence prevailed and they were engaged before his 30 day leave was over.

His new assignment was at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center. The Marine Corps had him scheduled for embassy duty in Moscow upon his reenlistment. Well that never happened, as he told his intended: “If the Marines wanted you to have a wife they would issue you one.”

FROM THE FAMILY

Dewey and Virginia (Sides) were married 24 August 1958 at the First Baptist Church in Jackson. Five children were eventually born of this union: Renee, DuWain, Melissa, Lori and Ernie.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Dewey Monroe Riehn was born 16 January 1938 in Jackson, Missouri, to Effie and Ernest Riehn. He accepted Jesus as his LORD and Savior when he was six years old and was active in church programs from early childhood on.

FROM THE FAMILY

Dewey lived and attended school in Jackson, playing drums in the school band, as well as in a small combo to make extra cash. He was also active in the school drama program.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Dewey worked many different jobs while attending school and graduated in 1956.

FROM THE FAMILY

Two weeks after high school graduation Dewey enlisted with the US Marines. After basic training he was sent to Japan, where he had cold weather training, including mountain skiing lessons. He was next sent to Okinawa where he experienced his first typhoon.

FROM THE FAMILY

He was a tank driver and part of a crew which got lost in the jungle for two weeks in the Philippines, where he got malaria. When the crew was found, Dewey was air-lifted to a military hospital for treatment. That was an adventurous two years!

FROM THE FAMILY

Dewey returned to his home town of Jackson. While home he renewed his acquaintance with a local girl. She was in college, working part-time and had no spare time for dating. He persisted by showing up after her last class and after she finished work. Persistence prevailed and they were engaged before his 30 day leave was over.

His new assignment was at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center. The Marine Corps had him scheduled for embassy duty in Moscow upon his reenlistment. Well that never happened, as he told his intended: “If the Marines wanted you to have a wife they would issue you one.”

FROM THE FAMILY

Dewey and Virginia (Sides) were married 24 August 1958 at the First Baptist Church in Jackson. Five children were eventually born of this union: Renee, DuWain, Melissa, Lori and Ernie.