John "Risky" Riederer

John Riederer, age 88, of Sleepy Eye, MN passed away on January 30, 2019 at the Minnesota Veteran's Home in Luverne with his family by his side.


John was born on January 13, 1931 in Sleepy Eye, MN to Joseph and Victoria (Leanhard) Riederer. John served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict from February, 1952 until November, 1953. On February 20, 1954 he married JoAnn Steffl in Clements, MN. John worked at Brown County COOP for 43 years. He was a member of the Sleepy Eye Fire Department for 27 years. He was a lifetime member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. John spent many hours visiting friends at Zarn Garage after his retirement. The couple celebrated just 21 days short of 65 years of marriage together and were blessed with nine children.


He is survived by his wife JoAnn of Sleepy Eye, MN; children, Rodney of Bunker Hill, IL, Dan (Linda) of Dassel, MN, Patrick (Jane) of Sleepy Eye, MN, Mary (Dennis) Hoffrogge of Sleepy Eye, MN, Mahree (Don Reed) Fiance', of Peoria, AZ, Diane (Glen) Schroepfer of Wabasso, MN, Jim (Dawn) of Sleepy Eye, MN, Doug (Julie) of New Ulm, MN, Scott (Leslie) of Litchfield Park, AZ; 16 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; sisters, Helen Fahey and Bernie Johnson, and brother-in-law, Jim Johnson. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Edward and Charles, sister Rosemary and sister-in-laws Margie Riederer and Lucy Riederer, and brother-in-law "Bess" Fahey.