Claude Rieschick 1922-2021
Claude Marvin Rieschick, 98, lifelong resident of Soldier, passed away Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, at his home with family by his side.
He was born July 1, 1922, in Soldier, the son of Henry Fred and Audrey Merle (McKinsey) Rieschick. Claude attended Harrison Elementary and graduated from Soldier Rural High School.
Shortly after graduation, he enlisted with the U.S. Army, serving in Italy during World War II. He was a lifelong farmer and stockman and was a longtime employee of Holton Livestock Exchange.
He was a member of Soldier and Buck’s Grove Methodist Churches, Holton VFW Post 1367, Corning American Legion, Soldier Lions Club, Soldier Senior Citizens and Nemaha Marshall REA. He enjoyed attending the family’s many sporting events and gatherings. Claude with his twin brother, Clyde, were honored to sing at hundreds of funerals over the years. They also sang the national anthem on “Farmers’ Night” at Kauffman Stadium. Claude was also instrumental in starting the Jackson Heights Honor Flight.
Claude married Betty Irene Capsey on April 16, 1944, at Betty’s sister’s home in Soldier. They celebrated more than 72 years of marriage before her passing on May 13, 2016. He was also preceded in death by his twin brother, Clyde Rieschick; brother, Keith Rieschick; and three sisters, Fern Chrisman, Faye Myer and Lois Wheeler.
Survivors include three sons, Wayne Rieschick (Theresa) of Soldier, LeRoy Rieschick (Linda) of Soldier and Tony Rieschick of Holton; one daughter, Claudia Long (Dale) of Meriden; sister, Twila Tribble of Houston, Texas; 13 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 8 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial with military honors will follow in Soldier Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7 at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to the Claude Rieschick Memorial Fund to be distributed by the family to: City of Soldier, Jackson Heights Alumni Association, Bucks Grove United Methodist Church and Onaga Community Home Health, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton 66436. To leave a special message for the family, visit www.mercerfuneralhomes.com