Bruce Duane Rieck, 69, Burlingame: Sept. 21, 1948 – Sept. 3, 2018

BURLINGAME, Kan. – Bruce Duane Rieck, 69, of Burlingame, Kan., passed away at the home on Sept. 3, 2018. Bruce was born Sept. 21, 1948, in Topeka, Kan., to Leonard and Elsie Rieck.

Bruce graduated from Burlingame High School in 1966, and attended Kansas State University for a short time before joining the Army Reserves. There he trained as a medic.

He was married to Donna on April 4, 1968, in Burlingame.

He had many various jobs over the years: ER at one of the Topeka hospitals, delivery driver for a liquor store in Topeka, computer operations and programming in Kansas City, plumber’s assistant, and somewhere in there, some electrician’s knowledge, before finally returning to his farming roots.

Bruce, Donna and family lived at a family home that had been passed to them in the mid 70s. There he was able to pursue many interests, hunting, fishing, making fireworks and other things that go BOOM!, butchery, wine making, mechanical genius, astronomy, all things scientific, and control line airplanes (making, flying and general enjoyment). Bruce was generally out and about the farm and such in jeans and then would surprise you by showing up at a special event freshly groomed and in a suit and tie. He always tried to help out his friends and neighbors, whether rounding up cattle, towing someone out with the tractor, mechanical issues, sighting in a rifle out on the range, to even stitching up a wound or two.

Bruce is survived by a brother, Gary Rieck; children, Michelle (Rieck) Stovall and Aaron Rieck; grandchildren, Dalton Babbitt, Anastasha (Babbitt) Shockey, and Raven Rieck; and great-grandchildren, Alyce and Astrid Shockey.

His wife of 42 years, Donna (Creviston) Rieck, preceded him in death on May 19, 2010. He was also preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Don Rieck.

Come and join us for a celebration of his life and a short service by Randy Lesseski at 2 p.m. Sept. 21, at the family home. A reception will follow at the Hangout (or old sewing factory as most of us know it) on the southwest corner of Main Street in Burlingame. Enjoy some cookies (of which it’s sure that he ate millions!) and share a story.

Contributions can be made to Disabled Veterans.

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