Ries, Roger

Written by David Green.

Roger H. Ries, 83, of Morenci, Mich., died Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009.

Roger was born Sept. 30, 1926, in Ogden Township, Mich., the son of Dewey and Leila (Leonard) Ries. On March 19, 1949, he married Phyllis J. Mannschreck who preceded him in death on May 3, 2007, after 57 years of marriage.

Roger was a Blissfield High School Sugar Boy, graduating in 1944. He enlisted in the U. S. Navy SeaBees where he was a Machinist's Mate 3rd Class and received the Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal. He served in the Construction Battalion in Guam. After his honorable discharge from the Navy, he was employed at Tecumseh Products for 42 years, retiring in 1988. Roger also farmed while working at Tecumseh Products and continued farming after his retirement. Roger was known for growing the best sweet corn for all his friends and neighbors to enjoy.

Roger was active in and past president of the Morenci Kiwanis Club and enjoyed the many friendships formed within the club. He was a member of the Morenci United Methodist Church. He enjoyed golfing with his buddies Don, Crash and Marion. Roger enjoyed spending time fishing and boating at the lake. Since his wife’s death Roger spent most of his time with his children, Randy, Linda and Connie. He loved his family and the many friends he made throughout his life. His kind smile will always be remembered.

Roger had been a dialysis patient for seven years at the Adrian Dialysis Center. The kind caregivers there were very special to him and Roger grew to consider them family. 

Roger is survived by his children, Randy (and Linda) Ries of Adrian, Mich., and Connie Ries of Manitou Beach; a granddaughter, Lindsey (and Branden) Krill of Tipton, Mich.; brothers Don and Max (and Rosie); a sister Kathryn (and  Crash) Carter; sister-in-law Norma Ries; brother-in-law Marion (and Connie) Mannschreck; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents, wife, brothers Jack and Harold, sisters-in-law Edith Ries, Marilyn Ries, and Carol Mannschreck.

Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 27, at the Eagle Funeral Home in Morenci. Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 28, at the Morenci United Methodist Church. Burial with military honors will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.

The family wishes that contributions in Roger’s memory be given to the Morenci Education Foundation, Morenci United Methodist Church or the Adrian Dialysis Center.

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