In Memory of David J. Riessen

David J. Riessen
David J. Riessen
Born: February 9, 1957
Died: January 30, 2019
Age: 61
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David J. Riessen
February 9, 1957 - January 30, 2019
From: Ida Grove, IA

David J. Riessen, age 61, of Ida Grove, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at the Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. He passed away from complications of a brain tumor while visiting his sister.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 15, 2019, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Rev. Richard A. Salcido will officiate. A Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, February 14, 2019, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen -Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

David was born February 9, 1957, to Donald and Janet (Fulton) Riessen, which must have been a popular birthday since he shared it with one of his favorite aunts, Shelia Rohlk and cousin Jimmy Ullrich both deceased. Growing up in the Ida Grove area, David attended Ida Grove High School and graduated in 1975. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church where he was baptized and confirmed.

He married Jolene Hermiston of Blue Grass, IA on August 23,1986.  Jolene always wanted to marry a farmer and she found herself a great one. David was overjoyed when they had two sons, Cory and Lee, and as they grew up, he was able to instill in them the same love of the farm that he had.

Working the farm made David the happiest, whether in a tractor working the ground or taking care of the feedlot cattle, he truly was a man of the land.  His ashes will be spread on the farm ground he so loved and as the seasons come and go, he will always be a part of that circle of life.

David was a man of great faith too and his favorite saying, “It will be what it will be”, helped him cope with the cancer that was shortening his life. It was a very long 10 months but David is now free and his soul is doing chores in heaven with his mother, Janet, whom he loved very much. His wife Jolene, sons Cory of Schaller and Lee of Ida Grove along with Lee’s special friend Lexi Schmidt of Schaller, will continue David’s legacy on the farm he worked so hard on and loved so much.   

David loved his sisters very much, even though he sometimes teased them relentlessly. Linda (Larry) Paulsen of Ida Grove, IA, Pam (Gailen) Wessel of Ida Grove, IA and Lisa (Kirk) Siebrecht of Las Vegas, NV, have many good memories together and he found great comfort by being with them through his cancer journey. They were amazing support for him and wonderful sisters.

David finally got the “brothers” he had always wanted when he married Jolene as she had four brothers, Jeff (Kristina) Hermiston of West Liberty, IA, Terry (Michelle) Hermiston of San Francisco, CA, Bruce (Sherry) Hermiston of Blue Grass, IA and Mitchel (Eileen) Hermiston of Iowa City, IA. David also added a sister-in law to the mix through that marriage, Lanette Dietrich of Minneapolis, MN. Many good times with family where enjoyed through their 32 years of marriage.

David is also survived by his father Don Riessen and Jolene’s parents John and Charlene Hermiston of Blue Grass, IA, along with many cousins, nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles and friends.

David’s kindness toward others in need will never be forgotten. He was a firm believer in being a good neighbor and helping when he could. Gone too soon….


11:00 a.m., Friday,
February 15, 2019
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Rev. Richard A. Salcido


Gaylen Freese
Darin Schau
Randy Rohlk
Darwin Rohlk
Steve Meyer
Larry Volkert


5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Thursday,
February 14, 2019
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Sue Salcido, Organist
Tracy Johnson, Vocalist

"I Know That My Redeemer Lives" - hymn
"On Eagle's Wings" - solo
"When Peace Like A River" - hymn


Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 11:15 AM
“Our deepest sympathy to the Riessen family. My his loving memories help you all through this difficult time. God Bless.”
- Van and Karen Ryen and family
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 9:07 AM
“May your memory be a blessing to those that remain. Say “hi” to my daddy and behave up there. ”
- Bobbie nee Van Sickler Weber
Monday, February 11, 2019 at 6:39 PM
“Jolene and family--My deepest sympathies and thoughts are with you during this difficult time.”
- Ben Gleason
Monday, February 11, 2019 at 10:51 AM
“Jolene , Ann and I are so sorry to hear of your loss, David was a wonderful man. Our prayers are with you and your family .
- Larry & Ann Galles
Monday, February 11, 2019 at 10:51 AM
“Our condolences to the Riessen family our prayers are with you”
- Kenny& Anne Thornhill
Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 1:23 PM
“Many thoughts and prayers for the Riessen family! ”
- Heidi Muff Bromert
Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 12:07 PM
“My deepest sympathy to you, Jolene & the entire family. May you find peace in the following days. God Bless. ”
- Jean Yohnke
Friday, February 8, 2019 at 3:30 PM
“We send our condolences to the David Riessen Family. Your family has always been in our heart and we are sorry for your loss.”
- Randy and Iryna Willer
Friday, February 8, 2019 at 10:12 AM
“Donald, Pam and family, there are no words to ease your sorrow at this time of grief. David fought a long, hard battle with his illness but our dear Lord was right beside him, May He wrap his loving arms around you during this difficult time and let you know He is right beside you too. We are comforted to know David no longer suffers and we are assured to see him again when we join him in our REAL home in Heaven. May God grant you His eternal peace. Please know your friends hold you in our prayers. ”
- Loren and Janice Jepsen
Friday, February 8, 2019 at 10:12 AM
“My prayers are with you and your family, Jolene. Deepest sympathies to you’all”
- Lisa Kruger
Friday, February 8, 2019 at 10:12 AM
“Our deepest condolences to the Riessen family, Pam, Lisa and Kirk Siebrecht. May HE touch you all with HIS healing hand and ease your sorrow.
- Judy and Bill Ogren
Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 9:28 AM
“You have our deepest sympathy during this time of great loss. Hugs and continued prayers for all of you...”
- Kurt and Rita Freese
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 9:04 AM
“Our deepests sympathies. Thinking of you all during this time of sorrow.”
- Cory & Mindy Miller
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 3:04 PM
“My most sincere condolences to the entire Riessen family. Dave was a class act and a man that loved his family. He also was a great farmer and steward of the land. He will be missed by many. RIP Dave. You fought the good fight. ”
- Dave Hultgren
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 3:04 PM
“Sending prayers to family. ”
- Jary and Melissa Vermeys
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 3:03 PM
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18”
- Ron and Carmen Hoffmann
Monday, February 4, 2019 at 10:28 AM
“My thoughts and prayers to the Riessen family! All those memories I have of times spent in the Riessen farm are flooding my heart! God grant you all peace!”
- Patti Snyder
Monday, February 4, 2019 at 10:28 AM
“Thinking of all of you at this difficult time.....hugs and prayers!! ”
- Tom and Michelle Clifford
Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 12:29 PM
“Sympathy to the Riessen Family. You have my deepest sympathy. Steve Frank”
- steven Frank
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