Ernest Rieger

Rieger, Dr. Ernest Herbert, MD, FACS,age 84, of Wichita, Kansas, retired general surgeon and owner of Rieger Medical Supply, was released from his pain to embrace the eternal love of God on Wednesday, September 25th, 2013. Visitation with the family 6-8:00 PM Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at Downing and Lahey Mortuary East, 6555 East Central, and church service at 11:00 AM Wednesday, October 2, at Chapel Hill Fellowship, 1550 N. Chapel Hill St, Wichita, KS 67206. Survivors include his beloved wife and best friend of 60 years, Karin Rieger, son, Dr. Erik Rieger (Della) and daughter, Elizabeth (Liz) McGinness (Doug). Ernest (Ernie) was blessed with 5 grandchildren, Katy McGinness, Doug McGinness III, Jacob Rieger, Jonathan Rieger, and Joshua Rieger. Ernie is also survived by his two loving siblings, sister Betty Anderson, and brother Bob Rieger, as well as nieces Juli Anderson-Bjerke, Holly Anderson, Allison Waggoner, and nephew Bob Rieger Jr. Ernie was greeted in Heaven by his niece Karin Anderson, who was waiting for him, along with his parents, and other passed relatives and friends. Ernie's life began in Wichita, Kansas, when he was born on June 6, 1929. He grew up in Riverside, graduated from North High School, and then went on to Wichita State University and Kansas State University. Ernie was a brilliant man and a gifted surgeon whose skills touched the lives of many people living in Wichita and beyond. He served as the Surgeon General for the McConnell Air Force Base in the late 1960's and he was a local pioneer in bariatric surgery. Ernie had many interests and achieved numerous accomplishments in his 84 years, leaving behind a lasting legacy. He will be so greatly missed by his family, friends, and local community. He is now walking freely again and is no doubt, engaged in a spirited and delightful debate with Albert Einstein, while Moses and the Heavenly Angels serve as moderators. (See full obituary in the September 29th Wichita Eagle) Tributes may be sent to the family via

Funeral Home

Downing & Lahey Mortuary, Inc.
6555 EAST CENTRAL Wichita, KS 67206-1924
(316) 682-4553

Published in The Canon City Daily Record from Oct. 1 to Oct. 2, 2013