Obit: Roland Riessen


Roland A. Riessen, 82, of Davenport, died Friday, Aug. 7, at Bishop Drumm Retirement Center in Johnston. Visitation was held Aug. 12 at the Bentley Funeral Home in Durant. Private family funeral services and burial will take place in the Walcott, Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in his memory. Online condolences may be left at

Roland was born in Davenport on Nov. 1, 1937 to Alvin and Vera (Hering) Riessen. He graduated from Durant High School in 1956. Roland served his country in the United States Army.

Roland married Sandra G. Pfaffly on Oct. 8, 1966 in Clinton. She preceded him in death on Sept. 22, 2014.

He retired from Ralston Purina Company in Davenport, after 30 years of service. He enjoyed playing cards and fishing. Above all, he loved his family and cherished the time he spent with them.

Roland is survived by his daughter Jennifer (Anthony) Onuigbo of Cedar Falls; sons Brent (Stephanie) Riessen of Johnston, and Derek (Katie) Riessen of Clinton; 9 grandchildren; sisters Janet Hintz of Dixon, and Joyce (Nels) Johnson of Washta; and brother Richard Riessen of Walcott.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and sisters Judy Arp and Jeanine Rennie.