In Memory of Donald J. Riessen

Donald  J. Riessen
Donald J. Riessen
Born: June 3, 1925
Died: May 2, 2019
Age: 93
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Donald J. Riessen
June 3, 1925 - May 2, 2019
From: Ida Grove, IA

Donald J. Riessen, age 93, of Ida Grove, Iowa passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at the Horn Memorial Hospital of Ida Grove, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 10, 2019, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Rev. Richard A. Salcido & Rev. Neil Wehmas will officiate. Committal will follow in the Ida Grove Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, May 9, 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

Donald Jurgen Riessen, son of John and Dora (Willer) Riessen, was born on June 3, 1925 in Schleswig, Iowa. Don grew up attending rural school until the 8th grade when he began working on the family farm. Don was baptized, confirmed and was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church.

On June 5, 1949, Don married Janet Fulton at the Silver Creek United Methodist Church. The couple was blessed with four children: Linda, Pam, David, and Lisa. Don and Janet farmed for over 40 years in Silver Creek township before moving to Ida Grove in 1990.  

Don’s passion was farming and raising livestock. He loved that David and now grandsons Cory and Lee continue the Riessen legacy on the same farm. Don had many hobbies, some of which included fishing, attending a local parade or threshing bee, collecting hats, and watching his favorite NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon. Don moved to the Morningside Care Center where he was cared for by a loving family and staff. His most enjoyable moments were the many bus rides to the zoo, circus, and local communities like Okoboji.   

Left to cherish his memory are his daughters Linda (Larry) Paulsen, Pam (Gailen) Wessel of Ida Grove, IA, Lisa (Kirk) Siebrecht of Las Vegas, NV and daughter-in-law, Jolene Riessen of Ida Grove, IA; ten grandchildren, Amy Paulsen and special friend Jim Juhl, Craig (Lindsay) Paulsen, Diane (Ryan) Niedermyer, Brent (Holly) Paulsen, Gale (Kristen) Wessel, Brent Wessel and special friend Nicole Knop, Cory Riessen, Lee Riessen and special friend Lexi Schmidt, Cody Siebrecht and fiancé Sarah Sellinger, Brandan Siebrecht and special friend Shasta Percival; and nine great-grandchildren, with one more on the way.  

Welcoming Don to his heavenly home are his parents John and Dora Riessen, wife Janet, son David Riessen, siblings Allen Riessen and Betty Connelly, and many extended family members. 


10:30 a.m., Friday 
May 10, 2019
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Rev. Richard Salcido & 
Rev. Neil Wehmas


Gale Wessel
Brent Wessel
Craig Paulsen
Brent Paulsen
Cory Riessen
Lee Riessen
Cody Siebrecht
Brandan Siebrecht

Honorary Pallbearers
Amy Paulsen
Diane Niedermyer


5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 9, 2019
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


"How Great Thou Art"
"On Eagles' Wings"
"I Know That My Redeemer Lives"

Sue Salcido, Organist
Trisha Hoffman, Vocalist


Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 11:21 AM
“My condolences to the family for the loss of your loved one, Donald. May the God of all comfort, comfort you during this difficult time. (Psalm 94:19; Isaiah 25:8)”
- Alston
Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 1:54 PM
“Don was such a good friend to my dad and brother... one by one.. they are all joining them... fishing buddies too.. May he RIP and leave his family with wonderful everlasting memories... Sincere sympathies to the family.”
- Mareta K Vermeys
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 9:57 AM
“Pam, Galen & Family:
My thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Jerry Boger
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 9:57 AM
“Pam and entire Riessen family:
I met Donnie through my work at the bank in Schleswig and I must say, he was one of the most pleasant people I have ever met, always a smile, a funny story and a kind greeting. I always looked forward to seeing him and, since my retirement, he is one of the people I have missed seeing the most. Our sincere sympathy during this time and remember that we will see him again when we join him in our Real home in Heaven. May God grant you His eternal peace;
Janice and Loren Jepsen”
- Janice Jepsen
Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 12:46 PM
“ Prayers and Sympathy to the Riessen Families.
- Shirley Ruser
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