Miles Riedesel, 56, of Storm Lake, Iowa, died Sunday, July 8, 2012, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Sioux City after a four-month battle with leukemia.
Two services will be held. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 11, at the Assembly of God Church, 1501 W. Milwaukee Ave. in Storm Lake, with Pastor Jerry Greenwalt officiating. A social gathering will follow. The funeral service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 309 Idaho St. in Glidden, on Thursday, July 12, with visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. and the funeral beginning at 7 p.m. The Rev. Brian Camara will officiate at the Glidden service. Organist for the Glidden service will be Marlys Conner of Glidden, and Mary Ross of Glidden will sing “How Great Thou Art” and “On Eagle’s Wings.” Burial will be in Merle Hay Memorial Cemetery near Glidden. Casket bearers will be longtime friends Rick Whitaker and Jim Rushton of Glidden, Dale Rose, Mark McCrea and Dan Handlos of Carroll, childhood friend Joel Thevenin of Aurelia, and cousin and friend Jim Meisheid of Walker. Funeral arrangements are by Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Glidden, and online condolences may be left at www.dahnandwoodhouse.com.
He was born March 25, 1956, in Carroll, the fourth of five children to John and Adeline Howard Riedesel. He grew up on a farm north of Glidden where he enjoyed helping his dad with field work, riding his motorcycle and playing basketball. He graduated in 1974 from Glidden-Ralston High School, where he played four years of basketball and was student body president his senior year.
He later earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Northern Iowa. While in college, he was involved in student government and served as a writer for UNI’s student newspaper.
Miles married Patience Carris in April 1987 and moved to Storm Lake, where they established their home. They had two daughters, Shantry (23), who now lives in Marshalltown and teaches Spanish at East Marshall High School in Le Grand, and Rachel (20), who is a college student and who has been at her dad’s side throughout his illness.
Miles worked for the past 25 years for the City of Storm Lake’s Public Works Department. Being a farm boy at heart, Miles loved operating large equipment for the city and keeping the city “looking good.” Miles was chosen by city officials as “Employee of the Year” in 2008, the first year this award was given to anyone on the 65-person city staff.
Among the joys of his adult life, Miles made two trips to Europe to visit the old Riedesel hometown of Wunderthausen in Germany, the small town from which all American Riedesels originated. Miles’s dad accompanied him for the first trip in 1985, and Miles traveled solo in 1994. Miles treasured the visits, seeing the countryside and getting acquainted with distant relatives. While in Europe on these trips, he also visited Denmark, Italy, France, Austria and Switzerland. Because of Miles’s love of his heritage, he took one semester of German in college. But he essentially taught himself the language in the years thereafter, well enough to regularly correspond with German relatives and friends whom he kept in touch with until he was hospitalized in early March.
Miles liked keeping up on the news. He read three newspapers every day and regularly watched television news. He had a remarkable memory of news and people. If family members needed to know when an event occurred or when someone graduated from high school or was born, died or was married, Miles could be counted on to tell them.
Miles had especially fond memories of growing up in Glidden. While he had lived away from Carroll County for many years, he was never far from his hometown in spirit. He made regular trips to Glidden to visit his brother Cal and mother Adeline, and he always enjoyed returning for high school class reunions and all-school reunions.
Miles enjoyed family, friends, old cars, old tractors, old motorcycles, and frequent drives out into the country where he would assess how the farmers’ fields were looking. Miles Riedesel enjoyed the simple things in life.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Patience Riedesel of Storm Lake; daughters Shantry Riedesel of Marshalltown and Rachel Riedesel of Storm Lake; his mother, Adeline Riedesel of Carroll; his siblings, Warren (Mary) Riedesel of Des Moines, Cal Riedesel of Glidden, Barb (Jim) Iverson of Minneapolis and Suzanne (Mike) Rinehart of Boise, Idaho; 15 nieces and nephews; numerous cousins, aunts and uncles; and Patience’s mother, siblings and their families.
He was preceded in death by his father John Riedesel in 1995; his father-in-law Vernon Carris in 1995; and his sister-in-law Janet Carris Hokel in 2008.