The funeral service for Darrell Eugene Riess will be held Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home, 1105 12th St. SE, Rochester, with the Rev. Monsignor Robert G. Meyer officiating.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. in the original Macken Funeral Home building on Monday, Oct. 20, and one hour prior to the service in River Park Chapel on Tuesday. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens, with military honors by American Legion Post No. 92.
Pallbearers will be Taylor Marie Riess, Jacob Riess, Grant Heller, Grace Heller, Dale Riess and David Riess.
Mr. Riess, 72, died Wednesday evening, Oct. 15, 2014, at Seasons Hospice after a brief stay. His death was due to COPD/congestive heart failure.
Mr. Riess was born Aug. 22, 1942, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester. He was the sixth child and sixth boy of 10 children born to Mildred (nee Meyers) and Julius Riess. At the end of his junior year at John Marshall High School, he moved to Plainview and assisted his Uncle Melvin and Aunt Eileen Meyers on their farm. Mr. Riess graduated from Plainview High School in 1960 and joined the U.S. Navy later that fall. Upon discharge in 1964, he began employment with Rochester Public Utilities. He retired as transmission and distribution manager on Oct. 31, 1998. Ever the consummate lineman, his eyes were often on the overhead lines and not on the road when driving. On Oct. 1, 1966, he married Karen A. Lyons at St. Joachim's Church in Plainview.
She survives along with two children, Chad D. Riess, of Kasson, and Starr (Bonn) Heller, of Rochester. Other survivors include grandchildren, Taylor Marie (Jordan Hanson) Riess, Byron, Jacob D. Riess, Kasson, and Grant Heller and Grace Heller, of Rochester; former daughter-in-law, Melissa Riess, Kasson; brothers, Donald (Donna) Riess, Platteville, Wis., Duane A. Riess and Larry (Char) Riess, both of Rochester, and Jim Riess, Marlboro, Mass.; sisters, Jan (Chuck) Rouillard and Julia Irish, both of Rochester; sisters-in-law, Sandy Riess, Yorkville, Ill., Darlene Riess, Rochester, Jan (Lyle) Peters, Lake City, and Barb Dickerman, Wabasha; and brothers-in-law, Bob (Jean) Lyons, Plainview, Ken Lyons, Lake City, and Don (Shelly Zoller) Lyons, of Faribault; and a large extended family.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Gerald "Jerry" Riess, Stanley Riess, Roger Riess; and sister-in-law, Barbara Riess.
Mr. Riess was a member of the Wm. T. McCoy Post No. 92 Rochester and a member and nine-year president of his local IBEW No. 949 in the 1970s. He was a co-owner of the Ron-de-Voo Bar and Lounge and played an active volunteer role in the electrical construction of Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial. Mr. Riess was a volunteer mentor for the JSVP system, and he and his family fostered 17 newborns over seven years for Catholic Charities. Along with his brother, Stan, Darrell played Slo-pitch softball for years and coached Little League and RYBA. He played hours of gym and driveway basketball with his siblings, friends and children. Darrell enjoyed politics and relished the good animated conversations with friends and family – often to their chagrin! He was a fan of the Vikings and the Twins. In retirement years, he was a spectator fan of his grandchildren's sports and activities, with an occasional bean bag game tossed in for good measure.
Quick-witted, steady and sure, Darrell's smile, twinkling eyes and earthly presence will be missed. His blessings were many, and he spoke of them often.
Special thanks to Dr. Tom Poterucha, Mayo Care Transition's Lynn Borkenhagen and Mayo Hospice's Kathy Dale and colleagues for Darrell's care. You all brought smiles to his face and comfort to his body.
Memorials may be sent to Mayo Hospice Care or Mayo Clinic research in pulmonary and heart diseases.
Online condolences are welcome at mackenfuneralhome.com.