Linda Riek

Linda Riek

Wednesday, April 8th, 1953 - Friday, June 26th, 2020
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Linda Nicklaus Riek, age 67, passed away Friday, June 26, 2020 at her home in Fulton, Missouri surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on April 8, 1953 in Columbus, Ohio, the daughter of Robert Thompson and Nellie Howard Nicklaus. She married James Varo Riek on June 27, 1975 in Worthington, Ohio. Over her lifetime, she resided in Ohio, Texas, and Missouri.

Linda graduated from Worthington High School in 1971 and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and equestrian science at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri in 1975. A champion equestrian in her youth, she won numerous American Saddlebred horse shows. Well known for her fun-loving, bold personality, sense of humor, and outgoing nature, she seldom met a stranger. A self-employed businesswoman, Linda worked as a horse trainer and dog breeder. She loved sharing her passion for animals with others, as well as teaching children to ride and swim. Family trips to the Lake of the Ozarks and Cocoa Beach, Florida made her happy, too.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents. She leaves behind her loving husband, James Riek of Fulton, Missouri, one day short of their 45th wedding anniversary; her children, Jason and wife Nicole Riek of Warrensburg, Missouri, Jamie Gregoire and husband Josh of Youngtown, Arizona, and Joey Riek of Fulton, Missouri; two grandchildren, Jayse Riek and Jay Bates Riek; two sisters, Kathy Nicklaus of Lakeland, Florida and Carolyn Gleason of Seattle, Washington; and many other family and friends who will miss her dearly.

Services will be held privately for the family at Riverview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Hospital

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.
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    Riverview Cemetery
    2600 West Main Street
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    Services will be held privately for the family.


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Cristi kral

Posted at 02:52pm
Dear Jim and family,
So very sorry to hear about Linda's passing. I wasn't even aware that she had any health issues since we haven't been in touch in recent years. So many wonderful memories of adventures we had together growing up have been flooding back to me. Loved her so much! Such a vibrant, intelligent and beautiful woman! Can't even imagine how much you are all hurting and I'm just so sorry. Prayers and love to all of you in this very difficult time. Cristi (Kelso) Kral and family

Dick Kettenbrink

Posted at 06:36pm
Jim, I was sorry to learn about Linda's passing. I always enjoyed being with her and know how much she meant to you and the family. It's good that her pain is over but there's a new chapter in your life and a void that will never be filled. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Dick and Nancy Kettenbrink

Jaclyn Donald

Posted at 03:24pm
I am deeply saddened to hear about Aunt Linda. I remember her as a strong, confident, and outgoing woman. I still remember the times we had at our Florida family reunion 20+ years ago and how fun she was to be around. Sending my deepest sympathies to Jim, Jason, Jamie, Joey and family. Love, Jaclyn

Lisa Ray-Stevens

Posted at 10:16am
Jim and family:
So sorry to learn of Linda's passing. I hope you and the children experience the peace that surpasses all understanding. Knowing she is no longer in pain has to be a comfort to you but it will not take away the void she leaves behind. May she rest in peace and may you and the children cherish the memories she leaves behind.
Lisa M. Stevens KOMU 8

Steve Tharp

Posted at 08:31pm
My deepest condolences to you and your family on your wife's passing. Your entire family will be in our prayers.
Steve Tharp

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