Mr. Klaus “RICK” Rieger of Raymond passed away peacefully in Raymond long-term care on February 13, 2019 at the age of 67 years.
Rick was born in Pforzheim Germany On August 23, 1951 to Heinz and Margot Rieger. He had a wonderful childhood growing up with his sister; Susan (Douglas). He came to Canada on a boat with his grandmother as a very young boy to live. Klaus in his youth & even as 4 year old was always inclined to fix and put broken things together. He was the best and smartest worker ever and wad liked by everybody he ever met! He then grew up in British Columbia where he learned to love the ocean and the humid climate there. Rick worked with his dad every summer as a hardwood floor layer and was very good at it. But most of all he was a true fisherman & spent many years together with his dad catching fish in lakes and rivers of BC. He later joined & served in the Air Force and became very knowledgeable and skilled in mechanics and the aircrafts. Following the Air Force, Rick married the love of his life Linda and was blessed with their son Gary. Rick later moved to Alberta for work and then Alberta became his home. Rick was a dedicated & very hard worker. Anything he set his mind to do, he could do, and do it well.
Rick had a great love of the outdoors and enjoyed the summer weather the most! The sun became his best friend each summer, as he spent countless hours outside over the last 10 years, soaking up & enjoying the suns rays!
Rick had a great love for music and also his computer and any game on it. He was very good at keeping the staff up on all current events going on throughout the world. Rick also had a love for animals with cats definitely being his most favourite.
Rick had a hard shell but he definitely had a very big heart. Personal relationships became important to him and he felt many regrets for mistakes in his past but he felt it was too late & he could not change them. He had a generous and very kind spirit. He was very proud of his son Gary and talked of him often, reminiscing with staff showing off pictures of Gary he had in his photo album! He had two pictures of Gary and his grandsons, Kristjan and Ivor. He kept their pics displayed on his dresser and they continue to be his most treasured items until his last moments!!!
A Celebration of his life will be held for any friends or hospital staff on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 12:15 in the Classroom at Raymond Health Centre.