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Greenlawn Funeral Home

6750 Covington Rd., Fort Wayne, IN

OBITUARY

John Francis Riecke

March 25, 1930January 23, 2020
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John F. Riecke, 89, of Fort Wayne and formerly of Columbia City, died on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was born on March 25, 1930 in Allen County, a son of the late Arnold and Gladys Riecke. He retired as an executive at United Technologies in Columbia City and was a former plant manager at Dana Weatherland in Syracuse. He was a Korean War Navy veteran, member and past commander of Columbia City American Legion Post 98, member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Fort Wayne Elks Lodge 155, charter member of Syracuse Eagles Lodge, Purdue Alumni Association and past president of the Columbia City Jaycees. Surviving are his wife, Martha; son, Michael; daughters, Michele (Mark Chandler) Gladieux and Lee Ann (Kellen) Watkins all of Fort Wayne; step-daughters, Marsha Doty of Fort Wayne and Paula Hoppel of Huntertown; seven grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; five step-great grandchildren; and brothers, Herman of Fort Wayne and George of Columbia City. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Nancy McClain of Columbia City; sister, Janis Smith of Avilla; and brothers, Eddie of New Haven and Jerome of Huntington. Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 am Monday, January 27, 2020 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with calling one hour prior to the Mass. Visitation also from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at Greenlawn Funeral Home with a Rosary Service at 5:30 pm. Entombment in Lindenwood Cemetery.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, January 26, 2020
  • Rosary Service Sunday, January 26, 2020
  • Visitation Monday, January 27, 2020
  • Funeral Service Monday, January 27, 2020

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Brandon Grimes

January 26, 2020

I am very sadden by the passing of John. It is truly a very sad loss. He was a great person and I wish the best for Martha and his family.

Lloyd and Rita Treesh

January 26, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Love your family. Lloyd and Rita Treesh

Carrie Gates

January 25, 2020

Sorry for your loss. Praying for your family at this difficult time.
Carrie Hildebrand Gates

Pamela Thompson2006

January 25, 2020

Mike, michelle and LeAnn, please know that you all are in our thoughts during your time of sorrow. Also, please extend these thoughts to George who was my much appreciated etc driver.
Pam Thompson and Andrew Thompson

Mark Knox

January 25, 2020

We miss you, Grandpa.

Love,
Mark, Lisa, Liam & Owen

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