William Gerad Riemersma


William (Bill) Gerad Riemersma died in Albuquerque, NM on August 3rd, 2019, after a short hospice care at home. He was born Nov. 26, 1927, in Worthington, MN, to John and Lucille Riemersma. He attended school in Worthington, MN, and entered the US Army in Jan. 1946, serving for 22 1/2 years in the Ordnance Corps and retired  in 1968 with the rank of 1st Sgt. His assignments included tours in Germany, Korea, Japan, and at various U.S. bases including Sandia Base in Albuquerque. On retiring, he moved to Rochester, MN, and worked as a Driver Lic Examiner for 10 years. In 1974, he and his wife Elle, opened and ran ELLES COLOR PORTRAITS in Rochester, MN, until July 1987. Upon retiring, they moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1988. His favorite pastime was bowling. He is survived by his wife of 50 years Elle, and 4 children from his first marriage, Gerad, Glenn, Gregory and Gail. William has 5 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lucille and John, brother Clarence (Click), and his sister, LuEtta Young Theissen. A private Celebration of his life takes place in Albuquerque, NM.  Cremains will be interred at Worthington Cemetery on a future date with a graveside memorial service.