David L. Riedel
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David L. Riedel, 70, of Appleton, passed away Monday, March 3, 2014. He was born October 27, 1943, son of Joseph and Christine (Vonfeldt) Riedel. David served our country honorably as a member of the U.S. Army for a period of 20 years. David was a Vietnam Veteran and retired at the rank of Sergeant First Class. For a period of 8 years, David performed duties as a U.S. Army Reserve Recruiter in the Fox River Valley area. He earned the following military awards and decorations for his service career: Presidential Unit Commendation, 4 Meritorious Unit Commendations, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Vietnamese Campaign Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal. David was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 10893, in Neenah, WI. He was also a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 46 of Neenah. For a period of 16 years, David was employed at Eggers Industries in Neenah, WI where he performed duties as a machine operator.
Dave's favorite moments were spending quality time with his best friend and wife, Patricia. He enjoyed spending time with all of his children: Kelly, Molly, Matt, Kate and Beth. Most of all, he enjoyed his beloved grandchildren: Christen, Hunter, Shibaya, Tatum, Rylyn, Avery, Teagan, Peyton and Piper. When he wasn't with his grandkids, Dave enjoyed cooking, hunting and fishing.
Dave is survived by his wife, Patricia; sons: Kelly (Vickie) Riedel, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho and Matt (Nicole) Cody, Appleton; daughters: Kate Cody, Neenah and Beth (Derrick) Meisel, Appleton; his 9 grandchildren; brothers and sisters: Joe (Marge) Riedel, Bill (Viv) Riedel, Kaye Riedel, Jim Riedel, Helen (Larry) Ulrich, Sharon Lefeber, and Pat (Tom) Hesych.
Dave was preceded in death by first wife, Carolyn Griepentrog Riedel, his daughter, Molly Riedel; brothers: Robert, Jerry and John Riedel; and sister-in-law, Nancy Riedel.
Per Dave's wishes, private family services will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org , would be appreciated in Dave's name. "Strike Hard!"
Dad, we know that you have not left us because your spirit will always be with us.
Day is done, gone the sun from the lake, from the hill, from the sky. All is well, safely rest. God is nigh.
Verkuilen-Van Deurzen Family Funeral Home
101 Canal Street Little Chute, WI 54140
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Mar. 9, 2014