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Carl Douglass Riegel

Carl Douglass Riegel

Carl Douglass Riegel, 66, of Springfield, passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at Mercy Hospital. He was born on June 15, 1946 in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Carl Raymond and Della Mae (Whitworth) Riegel.

He served in the United States Army and for his country from 1968 - 1970 during the Vietnam War, and was honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant. During this time, he came into contact with Agent Orange while deployed in Nha Trang, Vietnam and, as a result, was later diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome which recently progressed into Chronic Myeloid Leukemia.

Carl was a professor in the Hospitality and Restaurant Administration Department at Missouri State University. Prior to 2008, he served as a professor and department chair at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. He earned his doctoral degree from The Pennsylvania State University, his master's degree from Webster University, and his undergraduate degree from Saint Louis University.

Carl was an active member of Saint James Episcopal Church in Springfield. He was a leading researcher in the hospitality field and served as the editor for the Hospitality Research Journal for many years. Carl was also active in numerous professional organizations.

He was extremely devoted to his family and pets, and was a deeply intellectual and spiritual person. He created many lasting memories because of his compassion and unique sense of humor.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Danny Riegel.

Carl is survived by his wife, Melissa Beth Dallas Riegel; a son, David Dougalss Riegel; two daughters, Sarah Marie Cheairs and her husband, Kevin; and Gabrielle Dallas Riegel; two brothers, Curt Martin Riegel and Peter Lothar Riegel; and three grandchildren, Ashley Taylor, Emma Madison and Carter Dougalss Riegel.

A celebration of life and Eucharistic Service will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2013 in St. James Episcopal Church with military honors following under the care of Gorman-Scharpf Brentwood Chapel. Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Saturday in the church. Private family inurnment will be in St. James Church Columbarium at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the MDS (Myelodysplastic Syndrome) Foundation, www.mds-foundation.org, or St. James Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, 2645 East Southern Hills Blvd., Springfield, MO 65804.


Published in the News-Leader on Mar. 1, 2013
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