John Charles Riedesel was born Aug. 27, 1934, to Wilbert and Berniece Bender Riedesel. He attended school in Grand Mound and graduated from Grand Mound High School in 1952. John married his high school sweetheart, Jane Grell on July 2, 1954, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Davenport. The couple resided at Grand Mound, where they raised their family. Farming was John's passion. He also spent many years working at Mississippi Engineering in Grand Mound and later Kartridge Pak in Davenport.
John was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Grand Mound.
He enjoyed 65 years with his wife, Jane. They loved to attend dances in their younger years and later in their life, wintering in Florida. He was also an avid Hawkeye fan. John spent every waking moment outside on his farm, as there was always something to tend to.
Surviving are 11 children, Janelle (Wayne) Goldensoph, of Davenport, John Riedesel Jr., of DeWitt, Julie (Kerry) Ayer, of Wheatland, Juanita (Steve) Witt, of Charlotte, Jolene (Robert) Schaefer, of Goose Lake, Joel (Jean) Riedesel, of Spencer, Jennifer (Richard) McDermott, of Channahon, Illinois, Janice (Michael) Murphy, of Long Grove, Jessica (Shawn) Mask, of Bettendorf, Jason (Jayne) Riedesel, of Grand Mound and Jill Riedesel, of Davenport; a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings, Will Ried, of Camanche, Barbara (Jerry) Griep, of DeWitt; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding John in death were his wife, Jane, and two sisters, Aletha and Marilyn.
Visitation will be from 4 until 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Schultz Funeral Home in Grand Mound. A service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Grand Mound. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Grand Mound.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Condolences may be expressed at schultzfuneralhomes.com.