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Norman Allen Rieke

January 1, 1924 December 20, 2017
Norman Allen Rieke
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Obituary for Norman Allen Rieke

Norman Rieke, age 93, passed away December 20, 2017 in McMinnville, Oregon. A Celebration of Life will be held January 6, 2018, 1:00 p.m., at Macy & Sons Funeral Home, 135 NE Evans Street, McMinnville, Oregon. The funeral will be officiated by Pastor Paul Schauer, Doris and Norman’s nephew, from Sunne Lutheran Church Wilton, North Dakota.
Norman was born New Year’s Day in 1924, to parents Charles and Catherine (Priglmeier) Rieke in the apartment over their store in Pierz, Minnesota. He was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hillman, Minnesota, July 1929. He grew up on the family farm in Morrison County, near Hillman. In 1948, Norman drove out West with friend and neighbor, Loren Stout, in Norm’s 1941 Mercury Sedan; and landed in McMinnville, Oregon looking for adventure and work.
After arriving in McMinnville, Norman first worked briefly at the John Voll sawmill located near Sheridan, Oregon. He then worked for a Minneapolis Moline implement dealer in McMinnville, LA Quartermatch truck repair shop, and the Kaiser Frazer auto dealership. In 1954, Norm began his almost 40 years working for the Gilbert Tilbury Lincoln Mercury/Colvin Tilbury/ Chuck Colvin Ford dealership as an auto mechanic specializing in radiator and air conditioning repair. He retired in 1993.
Norman met Doris Wilson in McMinnville. They were married in Portland, Oregon, on January 13, 1950, with friends Loren and Ernie (Pfeifer) Stout as witnesses.
Norman and Doris were charter members of Trinity Lutheran Church in McMinnville, 1952. They had many longtime friends among the church members.
Norman’s hobbies included bowling, playing pinochle, woodworking, hunting, and yard maintenance at the church.
Norman and Doris purchased their first house in 1954, on NE 9th Avenue in McMinnville and resided there for 52 years. Their four children grew up in that house. They had many wonderful neighbors.
Norman and Doris moved into Altera (now Brookdale) retirement residence in 2006.
Norman is survived by his four children Allen (Lois) Rieke of La Grande, Oregon; Laurel Lee of Auburn, Washington; Charlene (Greg) Bassine of Tigard, Oregon; and Ross (Debbie) Rieke of Tigard, Oregon. Norman is also survived by nine grandchildren – Kristopher, Justin, Brenda, Erin, Shannon, Kirsten, Michael, Greg, and Kellie, and eleven great-grandchildren and one great-grandchild on her way.
Norman was preceded in death by his parents, wife Doris, brothers Walter and Leroy, and sisters Viola, Rita, Rosemarie and Silvia.

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1:00 PM 1/6/2018 1:00:00 PM
Macy & Son Funeral Directors

135 NE Evans Street
McMinnville, OR 97128

Macy & Son Funeral Directors
135 NE Evans Street McMinnville 97128 OR
United States

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