David M. Riker

July 17, 1941 - February 6, 2021
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David M. Riker, 79, of New Philadelphia, passed away Saturday, February 6, 2021 in the Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital at Dover.

Born in Dover on July 17, 1941, Dave was the son of the late Ernest W. and Elizabeth “Betty” (Farkas) Riker of Roswell. He was a 1959 graduate of the former St. Mary’s High School in…

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David M. Riker, 79, of New Philadelphia, passed away Saturday, February 6, 2021 in the Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital at Dover.

Born in Dover on July 17, 1941, Dave was the son of the late Ernest W. and Elizabeth “Betty” (Farkas) Riker of Roswell. He was a 1959 graduate of the former St. Mary’s High School in Dennison. There, he was captain and high scorer of the 1958 undefeated state champion football team.

In 1962, Dave joined the United States Marine Corps, serving in the Cuban blockade, Med Cruise, and Viet Nam from 1965 to 66.

Dave married his lifelong companion, the former Carol S. Wherley, on June 6, 1964. Together, they were blessed with two sons, John C. “Chris” (Patty) Riker and David C. “Clay” (Leslie) Riker.

Dave was a heavy equipment owner and operator and worked locally and in Marietta. He was also a life member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, the New Philadelphia VFW Post #1445, and the Ball & Arrow Primitive Weapons Club.

In addition to his wife and two sons, Dave is survived by his grandchildren, Mitch (Ashley Coburn) Riker, Nicki, John, Megan, and Jaden Riker; great-granddaughter, Ellie Rose Riker; siblings, Betty Huffman, Fred (Linda) Riker, and Karen (Steve) Gloeckner; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in passing by his parents, and siblings, Ernest and Robert Riker, and Mary Ann Rothacher.

Visitation will be held in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Father Jeff Coning will officiate a service in the funeral home at 1:30 p.m., concluding with military honors rendered by the New Phila VFW Post #1445. The 6-foot rule will be honored and all guests are required to wear a mask to enter the funeral home.

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Visitation Information

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Time: 12:30 pm

End Time: 1:30 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

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116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

The 6-foot rule will be honored and all guests are required to wear a mask to enter the funeral home.


Service Information

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Time: 1:30 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

Address:

116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Born: July 17, 1941
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Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.

 

Lyle Tope posted on 2/10/21

Dear Carol, Chris & Clay, Our sincere condolences on the passing of Dave. May you all be consoled in your grief by our Lord, Jesus Christ. Peace, Lyle (Tiny) & Michelle Tope

 

Sandi (Corey ) Maurer posted on 2/10/21

Dear Carol & family, So sorry to hear about the loss of Dave. May you find comfort & peace during the days ahead. God bless you all !

 

Paul Behm posted on 2/9/21

Paul and I send each of you prayers and thoughts during this time. Remember the good memories and lots of years of family get togethers and keep the stories coming thru the years to come and share them with each other of your loving husband, father,brother, uncle, grandfather and great grandfather and FRIEND to all. God be with each of you. Sue and Paul Behm

 

Nancy Gibbs posted on 2/9/21

Dear Carol and Family, We were so sorry to hear of Dave's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Remember the Lord is walking with you every step of the way. Randy and Nancy Gibbs

 

Jim Dreher posted on 2/8/21

So sorry to hear about the loss of Dave. I am glad I had a chance to talk with him last summer. I will always remember him. He was a big part of my Dads company and his efforts will always be appreciated. Those two can be together now drinking beer and laughing about the times they shared.May the Lord bless Dave and his family, JIM

 

Becky Kutcher posted on 2/8/21

My deepest sympathy to the Riker Family. May your precious memories bring smiles to your hearts. Keeping you in my prayers.

 

Jenny Geib posted on 2/8/21

My sympathy and love to you and your family, Carol as you grieve the passing of David. As the days pass may you find healing in memories and the support of friends. Jenny Geib

 

Dianna Lynn Harmon posted on 2/8/21

Just watched your tribute video. Had to stop it and go back when I saw the picture of Dave and my dad ( Marv). What a pair those two where. Please accept our deepest condolences in your loss. Dianna and Jon Harmon and Janet

 

Robert Monte posted on 2/8/21

My prayers to the entire Riker family on your loss. I knew Dave's parents from Roswell, his sons from school, and his wife while attending East school. You are in my thoughts, Rob Monte and the entire William Monte Family....

 

John & Janet Monte posted on 2/8/21

sorry to read this, he was in our wedding in 1959, and good friend and our prayers are with the whole family.

 

Carla DeOrio posted on 2/8/21

Those that we love never leave us...even in death. For they live in our hearts forever. May God comfort you in this time of great loss, and the memories of you and your fathers times together make you smile. I am so sorry for your loss. In deepest sympathy. Carla DeOrio

 

Bob & Pat Williams posted on 2/8/21

Carol & Family, You have our sympathy for the loss of your husband and dad.We had a lot of good times with Dave over the years. He was a very good friend. Rest in peace, Dave. He also was a Marine. Sempfer Fi, Dave

 

Ben McNutt posted on 2/8/21

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this tough time. Ben and Dawn McNutt

 

Joyce and Dan Stephan posted on 2/8/21

With deepest sympathy and prayers.

 

Karen (Brown) & Sonny Parson posted on 2/8/21

Dear Carol & Family, we send our deepest condolences & sympathy to you during this difficult time. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

 

Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum posted on 2/8/21

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time, May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, May your memories of David M. Riker, give you peace, comfort and strength… Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete. I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to the family of …. US Marine Veteran, David M. Riker, is “A True American Hero” God Bless† † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

 

Lewie and Cathy Banks posted on 2/8/21

Our deepest sympathy to you Carol and your family.

 

Lucy Ricklic posted on 2/8/21

Dear Carol and family, please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I have many memories associated with Dave, always an interesting time.

 

Martha Massarelli Fankhauser posted on 2/7/21

Carol and family sending prayers and sympathy to you. May you rest in the memories of him and all you created together.

 

Steve Bailey posted on 2/7/21

Chris & Clay - sorry for your loss and I will be praying for you and your families as you remember and celebrate your father’s life. He raised two good men who have blessed the lives of many others. That is a great legacy.

 

Linda Schneider posted on 2/7/21

Chris, Patty, & Family, so sorry to hear of the passing of your father, grandfather, and father-in-law. He meant so much to your family and will forever be part of you. Comfort and prayers. Randy & Linda Schneider

 

Loretta Besozzi Russell posted on 2/7/21

So sorry to hear of David’s passing. He was a classmate of mine. Many great memories of that special class of 1959. Sincere sympathy to your family and friends.

 

Tina Tristano-Beney posted on 2/7/21

Sending my deepest sympathy and prayers to the family and prayers that God will bring peace to your hearts at this time of loss.

 

Mark and Joyce Renicker posted on 2/7/21

Sending our sympathy to all the family.

 

Ed Scaglione posted on 2/7/21

To Karen & Steve, Sorry to hear of your grandfather's pasting. You are in our prayers. Ed & Connie Scaglione

 

Kelly and Sharon Ricklic posted on 2/7/21

Sending our sympathy to the Riker family.

 

Gerry and Ann Mroczkowski posted on 2/7/21

Our sincere condolences to the family during this difficult time. My God Bless all of you and give you comfort.

 

Joey Berni posted on 2/7/21

With deepest sympathy, Joey and April Berni

 

Karen (Beitzel) Welch posted on 2/7/21

Carol, Chris, Clay and families, So sorry to hear of Dave's passing. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

 

Sue Henriksen posted on 2/7/21

Oh, Carol! I am so sorry. Please let me know if I can do anything for you and the family.

 

Judy Hildebrand Colding posted on 2/7/21

So sorry to hear this news. David was a classmate of mine at St. Marys . Fond memories of a classmate. Family and friends please know you will be in my thoughts and prayers ! Sincerely, Judy Hildebrand Colding Plant City , Fl

 

Vic and Judy Stull posted on 2/7/21

Our deepest sympathy to Fred and families. You are in our prayers and thoughts.

 

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