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RIEBKES, Riebke M. 1896-1918


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 2/12/2015 at 22:56:49

Riebke Riebkes, youngest son of Martin Riebkes of German township, died Thursday, October 17, 1918, at Camp Dodge. He entered the army service as a private several months ago, and received training in Co. 59, 163 depot brigade.

Several weeks ago he was taken sick with Spanish influenza and pneumonia. His death occurred Thursday, Oct. 17, and the remains were sent home for interment, Friday, Oct. 18.

Rev. Engelke conducted the funeral service from the home Sunday afternoon, at 1 o'clock.

--Ackley World Journal (Ackley, Iowa), 24 October 1918, pg 1


Riebke Riebkes was born September 6, 1896, in German township, on the home farm, and died in the military service of the United States at Camp Dodge, Iowa, October 16, 1918, at seven o'clock in the evening. He lived all his life in German township and left for the training camp on the sixth of September, on his twenty-second birthday, for Camp Dodge, to enter the service of his country. He was taken sick on October 6th with influenza, which was complicated with pneumonia causing his death. Riebke was a good boy, never giving his parents any trouble and was well liked by all who knew him. He lived the plain everyday life of an American boy and did his duty in every way by his parents and teachers. Riebke was a boy with marked musical ability and would play the piano or horn by the hour. He is greatly missed in the home circle. He was the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Riebeks and leaves his parents, four brothers and three sisters to mourn his loss. They are John, Louie, Bert and Henry, and Mattie, Jennie and Ila. He also leaves many uncles, aunts and cousins to mourn his untimely demise.

--The Grundy Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 7 November 1918, pg 6


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