In Memory

Brian Riecke

Brian Riecke

Brian Riecke

 

DAVENPORT — Brian M. Riecke, 58, of Davenport, passed away Sunday, July 19, 2009, at Genesis Medical Center, West Campus, after a courageous three-week battle with cancer. Funeral services were held Friday, July 24, at 1 p.m. at The Runge Mortuary. Visitation was from 11:30 a.m. until the time of service. Burial was at Davenport Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the family.

Brian was born on December 16, 1950, in Davenport, to Roy and Shirley Riecke. He was a life-long journeyman wireman electrician with a strong work ethic. Brian will be remembered for his kind heart, laid-back outlook on life, and his sense of humor. He was a wonderful father and grandfather.

His lifelong friend Steve Adams remembers him this way: “Growing up in Corpus Christi, Texas, Farrah Fawcett’s sister Diane was his babysitter- Lucky dog! Brian played on a national championship basketball team for Palmer Junior College in the early ‘70s. He served as electrical inspector for the city of Davenport in the mid-’70s and ran for mayor of Davenport in 1975. His platform was to raise River Drive and create a flood wall which would have saved millions of dollars in damages. Although rugged in appearance and punctuality was not a virtue, Brian aka ‘CB’ stood tall amongst his brothers with the IBEW Local #145. He was a natural born ‘gearhead’ and had a love for racing that went well with his lead foot! He also had an uncanny ability to drive under the most arduous situations. Brian’s underlying love was for anything ‘made in America’ and hanging out with all of his veteran buddies. Some things he enjoyed were karaoke, trapshooting, racing, History Channel, watching Jeopardy, drinking Old Style beer, fishing, hunting, barbequing (his beer can chicken was the best), and playing piks at The Wooden Nickel. Brian was always ready to ‘take the shirt off his back’ to help an unknown stranger. These are some of the reasons his family, friends, and this world, will miss that gentle giant.”

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Cindy; children, Kim (David) Gass, Beth (Thad) Hafner, and Karl; grandchildren, Austin, Katherine, and Audrey; brother, Roy Carl; beloved cousins, Bill, John, Tommy, and James Tucker; and lifelong friends, Steve Adams, John Miller, Brad Jordan, and Bob Stufflebean.

He was preceded in death by his beloved parents.

The family would like to thank Dr. Sy for his excellent care as well as the oncology nursing staff at Genesis West, Davenport.



 
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07/23/09 11:31 AM #1    

Mark Dhaemers

I have fond memories of Brian. Although we were never close friends, I remember him as a very nice guy that liked to tell stories in that endearing Southern drawl.
Rest in peace.

07/24/09 01:34 PM #2    

Janet Bell (Bell-Smith)

I was sorry to hear of Brian's death. Brian was always a very entertaining, interesting kind of a guy. I certainly experienced my share of laughs courtesy of Brian. He will definitely be missed!

07/24/09 07:53 PM #3    

David Van Ausdall

DAVID VAN AUSDALL
BRIAN AND I AT ONE TIME WERE VERY CLOSE AND GOOD FRIENDS AND DID A LOT OF PARTYING AND RUNNING AROUND IN OUR HOT CARS WITH BRIAN SOON TO BE WIFE CINDY AND LIFE WAS GREAT.I WILL MISS YOU BRIAN BECAUSE YOU WERE ALWAYS WILLING TO TRY ANYTHING AND A LOT MORE OUT GOING THEN I WAS AND THAT IS WHAT MADE YOU SPECIAL.YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND I WILL MISS YOU FOR THE GOOD FRIEND THAT YOU WERE .TRY NOT TO RAISE TO MUCH HELL IN HEVEN AND SEE YOU WHEN WE ALL GET TOGEATHER FOR A BIG PARTY UP THERE.THE FIRST DRINK IS ON YOU...

07/27/09 09:50 PM #4    

Cheryl Thornbloom (Willits)

I remeber playing with cars and trucks while we were growing up at the neighbors house and later being friends and talking old times together. It was a shock to see your picture in the paper...but, you are in good hands now we'll see you later Cheryl Thornbloom Willits

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