Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Marshall. Rev. Douglas A. Dubisar will officiate. Organist Jeretta Hardison will lead the congregation in singing "How Great Thou Art," "In The Garden" and "The Old Rugged Cross." Pallbearers will be Roger Barnes, Bruce Busse, Ron Busse, Fred Cain, Larry Perry and John Rieks. Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Sweeney-Reser-Wills Funeral Home in Marshall. Cremation. Memorials are suggested to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church or Fitzgibbon Mary Montgomery Hospice in care of the funeral home.
Born in Pershing, Mo., on March 17, 1921, he was the son of John Frederick and Hulda Margret Toedtman Rieks. He grew up and attended school in Hardeman. He served from 1942 to 1945 in World War II with the 3rd Infantry Division in eight European campaigns. Upon his return to Marshall, he met and married Ida Lou Banks on June 11, 1949. Ida Lou, his wife of 56 years, survives of the home. He worked for Red Comb Pioneer Feed Mill, later known as Cargill, for 35 years, retiring in 1986. He lived and farmed in the Sweet Springs area for 46 years, moving to Marshall in 2003. After retirement, he dedicated his time to his two passions, family and gardening. He created Rieks Produce Market, selling homegrown produce from his farm and at local markets. Wilbert's presence and winning smile was a welcome sight at any farmers market in the area. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sweet Springs for many years and most recently of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Marshall. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 279 in Sweet Springs.
Wilbert is also survived by four daughters, Margie Wien and husband Ken of Findlay, Ohio, Linda Walker and husband John of Tucson, Ariz., Carol Rieks of Marshall and Janet Hunter and husband Larry of Rensselaer, Ind.; seven grandchildren, Cathy Wien Tutorow and Mindy Wien, Kate, Meg and Erinn Walker, Benjamin and Kimberly Hunter; three great-grandchildren, Bailey, Dylan and Jimmy Tutorow; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Ed and Richard Rieks; one sister, Selma Busse; and a nephew, Ralph J. Busse.
The above is a paid obituary.