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Jerry L. Ries


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Jerry L. Ries

Mass of Christian Burial for Jerry L. Ries, 70, of Norfolk, will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 10, 2017, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Norfolk. Reverend Matthew Niggemeyer will be the celebrant. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. followed by a vigil service at 7:00. Home for Funerals is in charge of arrangements.

Jerry passed at his home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

Jerry was born on March 8, 1947, in Watertown, SD, the son of Harold and Cynthia (Zink) Ries. He was raised in Watertown and graduated from Watertown High School in 1965. He continued his education at Northern State University, at Aberdeen, SD, earning his bachelor's degree in 1971.

On July 1, 1972, Jerry married Renee Allard in Jefferson, SD at St. Peter's Catholic Church. For a short time, he worked as an advertising salesman for the Watertown Public Opinion, before working as a salesman for a building supplier in Sioux Falls and Sioux City. He began his banking career with the Federal Land Bank in O'Neill in 1980. He spent a short time in Sheldon, IA, prior to coming to Norfolk with the Farm Credit in 1985. In the spring of 1987, Jerry joined the Norwest Bank in Norfolk. In 1993, Jerry became a vice president at Elkhorn Valley Bank. There he was a stock owner and served on the Board of Directors. He retired on December 31, 2014.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 45 years; their two sons and spouses, Ben and Amy Ries, of Norfolk, and Jason and Grace Ries, of Franklin, MA; five grandchildren; two sisters, Gail Ann Ries, of Sioux Falls, and Lynne Marie (Keath) Rick, of Yankton.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one son Joseph.
Published in The Argus Leader on June 9, 2017
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