April 28, 2014


Ronald Joseph Riesselman, 55, of Pleasant Hill, Calif., died of lung cancer Thursday, April 24, 2014, surrounded by family at home.

Celebration of life will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the family home in Pleasant Hill.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Lung Cancer Alliance (www.lungcanceralliance.org).

Ron was born Nov. 20, 1958, in Carroll, Iowa, to Herbert and Dolores (Ocken) Riesselman.

He graduated in 1977 from Carroll High School, where he played basketball and football.

He was married to Scarlett (Rhodes) Riesselman.

After graduating from high school, Ron moved to Denver, Colo., and worked in the commercial construction industry. He became a journeyman carpenter and was an expert wood craftsman. For the last 28 years, he had lived in the Bay Area of San Francisco, Calif. He was employed in the commercial construction field in San Francisco. He had been a building inspector for the City on Concord, Calif., for 13 years.

Ron was an accomplished bike rider. He and his wife, Scarlett, traveled to many beautiful parts of the country and Canada with their bikes. They rode over 20,000 miles together. He passed down his love of mountain biking to his son, John, and assisted in coaching John's mountain bike team. One of Ron's proudest moments was seeing John on the podium at the Norcal High School Mountain Bike Championship in 2009.

Ron is survived by his wife, Scarlett Riesselman, of Pleasant Hill; son John Riesselman of Pleasant Hill; stepsons, Ryan and Brendan Murphy of Martinez,Calif.; his mother Dolores Riesselman of Carroll, Iowa; his mother-in-law, Marcy Beaty, and her husband, Jerry, of San Diego, Calif.; sisters Linda Gilliland and husband Richard of Leavenworth, Kan., and Janice Moore and husband Charles of Manning, Iowa; his brother Glen Riesselman, and wife Mary Ann of Templeton, Iowa; and many friends and relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father, Herbert Riesselman, in 2010.