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Donald Ries

Donald John Ries

August 11th, 1926 - February 8th, 2019
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Donald J. Ries, age 92 of Kranzburg, South Dakota passed away February 8, 2019 in Watertown, South Dakota.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 15, 2019 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Kranzburg. Father Ken Koster will be the celebrant with Brian Ries as organist and Orla Ries and JoEllen Friedrichsen as vocalists.

Interment will be at Holy Rosary Cemetery in Kranzburg.

PLEASE NOTE LOCATION: Visitation will be from 4-7:00 p.m., with a rosary at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 14, 2019 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

Memorials may be designated to the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, PO Box 166, Kranzburg, SD 57245.

Honorary group will be Donald's granddaughters, Amy Kjetland, Lisa Kramer, Stacie Swanstrom, Missy Eitreim, Natasha Ronke and Alyssa Thooft.

Pallbearers will be Donald's grandsons, Jason Ries, Brian Ries Deric Ries Todd Ries, Darin Ries, Trevor Stricherz, Brent Stricherz, Josh Stricherz, Chad Ries, Paul Ries, Seth Schamens, Brett Schamens and Jay Thooft.


Donald John Ries, the son of Hubert and Nora (Endres) Ries, was born on August 11, 1926 in Watertown, South Dakota. He attended country school through the eighth grade. On September 14, 1950 he married Armella Lindner at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Kranzburg, South Dakota. The couple farmed in the Kranzburg area and Donald was also very active in rural water development. He helped organize the Sioux Rural Water system set up in Brookings, South Dakota and served on the board for over 13 years. For his dedication in this field he received the "Carol Anderson Award" which is an honorable recognition from the state association. Donald was also employed at Ramkota for 10 years as a security and maintenance person and received Employee of the Year Award. He was a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church and a member of Catholic Order of Foresters for 75 years. The couple had celebrated 68 years of marriage before Donald passed away.

He dearly loved his grandchildren and great grandchildren and enjoyed attending their sports activities. He always had time for his grandchildren. Donald also enjoyed dancing, playing pinochle, and word circle puzzles.

Donald is survived by his wife, Armella of Watertown; his children, Melvin (Orla) Ries of Watertown; Dennis (Lois) Ries of Pierre; Sandra (Randy) Parkin of Florence; Kenneth (JoAnn) Ries of Clear Lake; Pamela (Brent) Schamens of Watertown and Kayleen (Rodney) Thooft of Brookings; his brother, Vincent Ries of Watertown; his sisters, Donna Hanten and Rita (DuWayne) Mack all of Goodwin; his sister-in-law, Eileen Lindner of Watertown; 19 grandchildren, Jason (Laura) Ries, Amy (Jason) Kjetland, Brian (Amy) Ries, Deric (Jordan) Ries, Todd (Mackenzie) Ries, Lisa (Ryan) Kramer, Stacie (Josh) Swanstrom, Darin (Leah) Ries, Trevor (Missy) Stricherz, Brent (Shanda) Stricherz, Josh (Kristen) Stricherz, Missy (Tom) Eitreim, Chad (Angela) Ries, Paul (Mary) Ries, Natasha (Phillip) Ronke, Seth Schamens, Brett Schamens, Jay Thooft and Alyssa Thooft; and 41 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his twin brothers, Delbert and Duane; brothers-in-law, Donald Lindner, Ronald Lindner, David Lindner and Vernon "Bud" Hanten; and sisters-in-law, Donna Lindner, Gayle Lindner, and JoAnn Ries.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday February 14th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Thursday February 14th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Holy Rosary Catholic Church
    Address
    202 Minnesota Ave
    KRANZBURG, SD 57245
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    THERE WILL BE A ROSARY AT 7:00 P.M. NOTE LOCATION FOR VISITATION: HOLY ROSARY CATHOLIC CHURCH IN KRANZBURG, SD.
  • Service

    Friday February 15th, 2019 | 10:30am
    When
    Friday February 15th, 2019 10:30am
    Location
    Holy Rosary Catholic Church
    Address
    202 Minnesota Ave
    KRANZBURG, SD 57245
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  • Interment

    Location
    Holy Rosary Church Cemetery
    Address
    St Joseph Street NW
    KRANZBURG, SD
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Condolences to the Ries family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family. Psalms 147:3 says God, "heals the broken hearted, and binds up their wounds." May God bring you comfort and peace.
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Alice McDowell

Posted at 05:40pm
Sorry for your loss. We had a lot of good memories going to District 11 grade school. May thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Alice McDowell
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