Roger  Ries
Roger Ries
Roger Ries

June 15, 1920 - February 14, 2018
Resided in Des Moines, Iowa
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Roger Utterback Ries, 97, died Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at Wesley Acres. He donated his body to the University of Iowa Medical School. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, at 11:00 a.m. in the Chamberlain Mansion at Wesley Acres.

Roger was born on June 15, 1920 in Hedrick, Iowa to Jesse and Alta (Utterback) Ries. He graduated from Hedrick High School and the University of Iowa. Roger was a veteran of the United States Navy serving during WWII in the South Pacific.

Roger worked at Farm Bureau, Equitable of Iowa, and retired from the State of Iowa Human Services Department. He was a lifetime member of the Builder’s Class at First United Methodist Church. Roger was an avid reader, played tennis, and enjoyed music and the arts.

Roger was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Giovanna Kathleen Ries, and her siblings Thora Collins, Jerald Cunningham, and John Cunningham. He is survived by nieces and nephews Jerald Collins (Melinda), Carl Collins (Bobbie), and Richard Ridenour.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Plymouth Grounds Coffee Shop (Plymouth Church) and First United Methodist Church.


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Chamberlain Mansion at Wesley Acres
3520 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA USA
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


First United Methodist Church
1001 Pleasant
Des Moines, IA 50309