Edward M. Riebel, age 91, Iola, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 at Heartland Meadows in Iola.
Edward Martin Riebel was the sixth of 13 children born to Joseph and Flora (Decker) Riebel. Ed was born on Feb. 8, 1926, in Westphalia. In December 1945, Ed entered into the U.S. Army. He served as a medic in the Occupation of China until being discharged due to rheumatic fever in December 1946. On July 25, 1949, he was united in marriage to Eleanor Weber at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Humboldt. Their union was blessed with six children and lasted for 68 years. They first made their home west of Iola, they later moved to Oroville, Calif., for a while before moving to Tulsa, Liberal and El Dorado, before returning to Iola. Ed worked as the shop foreman for United Tire in Iola. He then went to work for the Water and Gas Department for the City of Iola from 1967 until retiring in 1988. He enjoyed camping and going to local dances. Some of his greatest joys were spending time with his grandchildren and attending his children and grandchildren’s events. While his children were in 4-H, Ed and Eleanor served as leaders for the City Slickers 4-H Club. Ed was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church, Iola. Ed was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Council No. 6817. He was also a member of the LaHarpe VFW Post 6324.
Edward was preceded in death by a son, Lloyd Riebel; a daughter, Sundra Meitler; his parents; four brothers, Raymond, George, Leonard and Bernard Riebel; and four sisters, Cecilia McCullough, Mary Batson, Helen Fedders and Dorothy Yokum.
He is survived by his wife Eleanor, Iola; three sons, Danny Riebel and wife Marta, Mike Riebel and wife Julie and Stan Riebel and wife Kim, all of Iola; one daughter, Pam Wilson and husband Cliff, Overland Park; son-in-law Ken Meitler, Sylvan Grove; two brothers, Earl Riebel, LaHarpe, and Anthony Riebel, Independence, Mo.; two sisters, Flora Mae Gaylor, Tulsa, and Bernice Trowbridge, Iola; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John’s Catholic Church in Iola. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Humboldt. A Parish Rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the church. The family will greet friends following the Rosary in the Parish Hall. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Catholic Church and may be left with the funeral home. Condolences may be left at www.feuerbornfuneral.com.
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