Merlin W. Riehn

Merlin W. Riehn

Merlin W. Riehn, 88, of Kiel passed away on Friday December 13, 2013 at Homestead Care Center in New Holstein after a his battle with cancer. He was born August 7, 1925 in Kiel, son of the late Paul & Ella (Mauk) Riehn. Merlin was a 1943 graduate of Kiel High School.

He was a proud veteran of the US Marine Corps, serving in the South Pacific during WWII.

On June 11, 1954 he was united in marriage to Joan Diefenthaler at St. Peters United Church of Christ, Kiel. Merlin was a dedicated employee of the AA Laun Furniture Company for 42 years until his retirement in 1987. He is one of the last surviving Charter Members of VFW Post 6707, Kiel. He especially enjoyed frying brats for the VFW parade on Memorial Day and working at the stand at Road America. Besides enjoying spending time with his family, Merlin was also an avid sports fan. He enjoyed watching the Cubs, Badger and Packers and took great pride in attending a Cubs game in Chicago and a Braves game in Milwaukee all in the same day. Merlin also enjoyed bowling, being outdoors in his gardens and tending to his flowers. Merlin also kept many diaries of statistics and daily local events. He enjoyed keeping track of weather, news and any other information that was of interest to him.

Survivors include his wife; Joan, his children; Brenda Libke, John (Beth) Riehn, Jim (Sue) Riehn, Jan Riehn, Barbara (Richard) Isely, Jeanne (Bob) Meinnert, all of Kiel. 9 grandchildren; Angie (Don) Cook, Michelle & Rebecca Riehn, Heather (Greg) Stoelting, Richie Isely, Josh, Lindsay & Ethan Riehn, Jarrod Meinnert, along with a great grandson; Hunter Cook. Merlin is also survived by a sister-in-law; Nancy Barnes along with numerous nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister; Virginia (Juno) Pezoldt, his mother-in-law and father-in-law; Oscar & Leona Diefenthaler.

According to Merlins wiches, private family services were held at Meiselwitz-Vollstedt Funeral Home. Burial will take place at the Kiel City Cemetery with full military honors.

Merlins family would like to thank the caring staff at Homestead Care Center for the compassion shown to Merlin and his entire family. They would also like to thank Rev. Judine Duehrwaechter for her prayers and support.

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Funeral Home

Meiselwitz-Vollstedt Funeral Home - Kiel
815 6th St. Kiel, WI 53042

Published in Sheboygan Press on Dec. 17, 2013