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William S. Rieken
August 21 1866–May 27, 1945

Funeral services for William S. Rieken, 78, of Wayne township who died Sunday, May 27, at the Mercy Hospital, Anamosa, were held yesterday at 2 o'clock at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Wayne Township. Rev. F. H. Kehren, Lutheran minister, officiated.
Mr. Rieken was born August 21 1866, at Marz (Marx) East Friesland, Germany, a son of Sebastian and Helene (Bohlen) Rieken. He was confirmed in Germany in 1881, Mr. Rieken came to Jones county from Germany when he was a young man 15 years of age. He has farmed near Anamosa for more than fifty years. He was regarded as one of the successful farmers of Wayne township. As a young man he worked in Scotch Grove and near Monticello.
He was married January 6, 1888, to Emma Helgens in the Zion Lutheran church, Wayne township, by the Rev. C. Mardorf. They became the parents of seven children and were privileged to live together 57 years. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1938.
He is survived by his wife; five daughters, Mrs. Meta Dirks, Mrs. Lena Dirks, Mrs. Ella Connolly, Mrs. Augusta Farmer, and Mrs. Laura Stambaugh, all of Anamosa, and two sons, William of Monticello, and George, also of Monticello.
He is also survived by nine grandchildren. One of his grandsons, Clarence Dirks, is in foreign army service in Germany.

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Source: Monticello Express, May 31, 1945.
Note: From [an error occurred while processing this directive]. "This is my great grandfather. I was born on his birthday exactly 110 years later. I was always told he was born in 1876. He sometimes went by Sebastian William Rieken."

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