The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 20, 2013

John Riesen

Published 10-20-13

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, OK — Funeral for John Riesen, 84, will be 10 a.m. Monday, October 21, 2013, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. The Rev. Scott Whittenburg and the Rev. Kenneth Wade will officiate. Burial will be in Waukomis Cemetery. Visitation will be 2-3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Arrangements are under direction of Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home.

John was born January 24, 1929, on the family farm east of Bison, OK, to Henry and Vera (Deering) Riesen and died October 17, 2013, in Enid, OK.

He grew up and attended school at Pioneer and went to church at Pleasant Valley. He graduated from high school in 1947. He attended Oklahoma A&M College and graduated in 1952 with a bachelor of science degree in education and Master of Science degree in 1953.

He was called to service September 1953 and stationed at Camp Chaffee, Fort Smith, AR, then sent to Sandia Base in Albuquerque, N.M., in June 1955. He was discharged in August 1955. He started teaching at Pioneer mid-August 1955 and retired in May 1994.

He married Arvella Kremeier, March 19, 1971. She preceded him in death on April 27, 2008. They lived in Enid and raised two sons, David and Tim.

After retiring from teaching, he worked the farm. He was a member of Pioneer Education Association, OEA, NEA, Oklahoma Coaches Association, ORTA and St Paul’s Lutheran Church. He was baptized at the Riesen family farm pond in the summer of 1946 and confirmed at St Paul’s Lutheran Church on December 2, 1973.

Survivors include his sons, Tim Riesen of Douglas, OK, and David (Mechele) Riesen of Waukomis, OK, and a sister, Phyllis Pearson.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Arvella, and his parents, one brother and one sister.

Memorials may be made Pioneer Athletic Fund or St Paul’s Lutheran Church. Condolences may be made at

(Submitted by family)