John Peter Riis, 77, of Donnellson, Iowa, passed away at 4:35 a.m. Sunday, July 4, 2021, at his home in Donnellson.
He was born on April 24, 1944, in Peoria, Illinois, the son of Earl and Frances (Wilkins) Riis. On July 21, 1979, he married Vickie Lay in Donnellson.
He is survived by his wife: Vickie; five sons: Randy Riis, John Riis, Stephen Riis, Jason Scott, and Carl (Amanda) Riis; two daughters: Angie Brown and Carrie (Kurt) Wagner; three granddaughters: Lacy Vaughn, Bailey Vaughn and Addison Riis; one grandson Zachery Vaughn; two sisters: Kathy Benson and Debbie Vincent. He is also survived by several other grandchildren in Kansas and Missouri.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
John served for three years in the United States Air Force. He worked for the Santa Fe Railroad for twenty-eight years, the Donnellson Nursing Home for four years and Gregory Manufacturing for eight years. He was a member of the Donnellson American Legion. He enjoyed animals, fishing and being with family.
The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 8, 2021, at Schmitz Funeral Home in Donnellson.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 8, 2021, at Zion Mennonite Cemetery in rural Donnellson with Pastor Bob Molsberry officiating. Following the graveside service there will be a flag presentation by the Donnellson American Legion Gillaspey – Moodie Post #474.
A memorial has been established in his memory.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.schmitzfuneralhomes.com. Schmitz Funeral Home of Donnellson is assisting the family with arrangements.