Published On: Wed, Feb 1st, 2012

Obituary – John Riibe

WYNOT — John F. Riibe, 93, Wynot, formerly of Hartington, died Jan. 27, 2012, at the Golden Living Center, Hartington.
Visitation and a Vigil Service were Jan. 30 at the Holy Family (Sacred Heart) Catholic Church, Wynot, and resumed one hour prior to services Tuesday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Hartington.
Mass of Christian Burial was Jan. 31 at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Hartington, with Rev. Eric Olsen officiating.
Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Hartington, with military services provided by the Hartington VFW Post 5283.

Pallbearers were John’s grandsons, Scott Bonertz, Jeff Bonertz, John Schmidt, Pat Schmidt, Ben Schmidt, Levi Mueller, Steven Carlson and Phillip Carlson.
John was born Dec. 11, 1918, at Bow Valley, to Otto A. and Veronica E. (Ward) Riibe. He grew up in the Bow Valley area and graduated from Holy Trinity High School in 1936. He received his Normal Teaching Certificate and taught school at the Sunny Brook School District 113, northeast of Hartington. John served in the U.S. Army from April 17, 1942-Dec. 27, 1945, during WWII. After the war, he returned to Hartington where he operated a trucking service. John married Dorothy M. Carson Nov. 23, 1949, at Hartington. John served as Cedar County Sheriff from 1959-1979. His wife, Dorothy, died Aug. 16, 1972, at the age of 44. From 1981-1999 John owned and operated John’s Feed and Grain, Wynot. He married Bev Wiebelhaus Oct. 7, 1989, at Wynot. They made their home in Wynot. John entered the Golden Living Center in March 2006.
John was a member of the Holy Family (Sacred Heart) Catholic Church, Wynot; was a lifetime member of the Hartington VFW Post 5283; and a member of the Wynot American Legion Post 31. He was a former member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Hartington, the Northeast Nebraska Peace Officers Association and the Hartington Saddle Club.
He loved working with horses and did a lot of riding and showing of his horses. He loved to read, play cards with his grandkids, play pool and dance. He also was a promoter of the Old Time Fiddlers.
John is survived by his wife, Bev, Wynot; five daughters, Mary Jo and Roger Bonertz, St. Helena; Clara Mae and Cletus Schmidt, Wynot; Donna and Tony Ellis, Yankton, S.D.; Diane and Darrell Mueller, Platte, S.D.; Cheryl Hizney and Mark Carlson, Hartington; 20 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; seven step children, Gloria and Randy Anderson, Wynot; Nancy Rolfes, Wynot; Marlyn Wiebelhaus, Wynot; Karen and Chuck Schurman, Randolph; Janet Wiebelhaus, Phoenix, Ariz.; Mary Wiebelhaus, Omaha; Fred and Denise Wiebelhaus, Norfolk; 14 step grandchildren, 16 step great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Dorothy; son-in-law, Andrew Hizney; and two sisters, Hazel Foulk and Beulah Noecker, and their spouses, George Foulk and Ervin Noecker.