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The Runge Mortuary & Crematory

838 East Kimberly Road, Davenport, IA

OBITUARY

Richard Rieck

December 5, 1938July 18, 2019
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Richard Rieck, 80, of Davenport, passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 24 from 4-7 p.m. A funeral service will take place on Thursday, July 25 at 10:00 a.m. at the Runge Mortuary, Davenport. The family invites attendees to dress casually for both, and encourages fishing attire to be worn if possible. Burial with military honors will be in Davenport Memorial Park.

Richard was born on December 5, 1938, in Dwight, IL, to LaVerne and Frances (Finch) Rieck. He served in the U.S. Army and became a member of the American Legion Davenport Post 26. He bowled for over 50 years, and owned Hob Knob Lanes for over 20 years. He also worked for the Davenport Elks Lodge, where he was a member and past Exalted Ruler. In addition, he worked at and retired from Midwest Metals.

While he enjoyed golf in his younger years, he had a life-long passion for fishing and became a charter member of the Q.C. Bass Club. He was an avid motorcyclist for years. He loved Harleys his whole life, and was a member of the motorcycle drill team, Hawkeye-Ramblers.

Those left to honor Richard’s memory include children, David Rieck and Teresa McCleave; grandchildren, Michael (Megan) Rieck, Richard McCleave, and Jon McCleave; great grandchildren, Tanner Rieck, Kemper Rieck, Damen McCleave, and Kaylin McCleave; and siblings, Anna Lovdahl, Robert (Glenda) Rieck, and Ronald Rieck.

  • FAMILY

  • LaVerne Rieck, Father (deceased)
  • Frances (Finch) Rieck, Mother (deceased)
  • David Rieck, Son
  • Teresa McCleave, Daughter
  • Michael (Megan) Rieck, Grandson
  • Richard McCleave, Grandson
  • Jon McCleave, Grandson
  • Kimberly Rieck, Granddaughter (deceased)
  • Tanner Rieck, Great Grandchild
  • Kemper Rieck, Great Grandchild
  • Damen McCleave, Great Grandchild
  • Kaylin McCleave, Great Grandchild
  • Anna Lovdahl, Sister
  • Robert (Glenda) Rieck, Brother
  • Ronald Rieck, Brother
  • Les Rieck, Brother (deceased)
  • Roy Rieck, Brother (deceased)
  • LeRoy Rieck, Brother (deceased)
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Troy Negus
  • Brian Arnold
  • Bill Rieck
  • Joe Roseman
  • Drew Lovdahl
  • Judd Huff

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, July 24, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, July 25, 2019

Memories

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John Rieck

July 27, 2019

A life well-lived. Condolences to the family. May The Lord bless you and keep you.

Anna Lovdahl

July 22, 2019

Rick was more than my brother he was one of my best friends.
I remember sixth or seventh grade he got the love for Magic & became very good at it. He would go to Royal Neighbors Home, plus other nursing homes, and put on magic shows for the elderly. (I remember the first time he showed Mom and I how he could pull the tablecloth out from under all the dishes on the kitchen table. I can still see her face!) One of the highlights of his life, not a whole lot of years ago, he was out at Vegas, he was seated at a front table watching a magician. After his act the magician sent someone out and asked Rick to come back to his dressing room. The magician said he noticed how Rick was watching his act intently trying to figure out how he was doing his tricks. Rick was in 7th Heaven! When my grandkids were little, they called him the "Magic Man".
When he got active at the Elks, he did clowning. After dad died, he took over the duties of being Santa Claus.
He loved doing these things and contined them throughout his life.
During his school years he loved to doodle - he was quite the artist.
He was my husband, Bob's best friend (motorcycle buddies).
So many memories - I will miss him extensively!

Ray Peters

July 22, 2019

Dave and Ron sorry to hear of Rick's passing. My condolences to the family.

Crystal Migiel

July 21, 2019

Some of my special childhood memories were of him coming to our house dressed as Santa for many Christmases. My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones!

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Biography

Richard LaVerne Rieck was known as many things to many people. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, Richard will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

He was the son of LaVerne and France (Finch) Rieck. Richard was raised with six siblings. He had one sister, Anna and five brothers: Robert, Ronald, Les, Roy and LeRoy. Richard was usually involved in all sorts of activities with his siblings. He and his siblings experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many life experiences over the years.

Richard worked hard to be a good father to his children and he did his best to fulfill their needs. Richard was blessed with two children, a son, David and daughter, Teresa. Another blessing for Richard was the gift of four grandchildren: Michael Rieck, Richard McCleave, Jon McCleave and Kimberly Rieck and four great grandchildren: Tanner Rieck, Kemper Rieck, Damen McCleave, and Kaylin McCleave.

Fortunately, Richard enjoyed what he did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Richard worked diligently and did his best to succeed in his career. He worked and retired from Midwest Metals. He also owned and operated of Hob Know Lanes for over twenty years. Richard always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

Richard was an U. S. Army veteran. His fellow soldiers viewed him as a brother in arms and knew that he was as much a part of their family as their loved ones back home.

Richard enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were bowling, fishing, and riding motorcycles. He was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

Throughout his life, Richard was a doer and was always actively involved in professional and community organizations. Richard was a member of the American Legion Davenport, Post 26, Davenport Elks Lodge, Q. C. Bass Club and Motorcycle Drill Team for Hawkeye-Ramblers.

Richard passed away on July 18, 2019 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa. He is survived by children, David Rieck and Teresa McCleave; grandchildren, Michael (Megan) Rieck, Richard McCleave, and Jon McCleave; great grandchildren, Tanner Rieck, Kemper Rieck, Damen McCleave, and Kaylin McCleave; and siblings, Anna Lovdahl, Robert (Glenda) Rieck, and Ronald Rieck. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Les Rieck, Roy Rieck, and LeRoy Rieck, and a granddaughter, Kimberly Rieck. Services were held at the Runge Mortuary. Richard was laid to rest in Davenport Memorial Park, Davenport, Iowa.

Simply stated, Richard was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Richard leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Richard LaVerne Rieck.