June 12, 1978-March 23, 2007

Minnesota National Guard Staff Sgt. Greg N. Riewer, 28, of Frazee, died on Friday, March 23, 2007 in Habbaniyah, Iraq.

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Greg Ninerd Riewer was born the son of Richard and Janice (Aasness) Riewer on June 12, 1978 in Detroit Lakes. He was raised in Frazee, graduating from Frazee High School in 1997. He enlisted with the U.S. Army in August 1997. Greg then attended Moorhead State Community and Technical College, Moorhead, studying computer programming.

Greg received his basic training and advance individual training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., in 1997. He was deployed to Bosnia in September 2003 and returned in April 2004. In October 2005, Greg volunteered to join his friend's and fellow soldiers of Alpha Co. 2/136 Combined Arms Battalion out of Detroit Lakes for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Greg spent six months in Camp Shelby, Mississippi for training and served one year at Camp Al Taqaddum, Iraq. His military family referred to him as


Greg enjoyed deer hunting, riding his motorcycle, and spending time with his family. He also liked golfing, outdoor activities, and playing baseball, having played for Frazee High School and the Frazee Flames.

Surviving Greg are his parents, Richard and Janice Riewer of Frazee; his brothers and sisters, Jon (Kristi) Riewer of Detroit Lakes, Phil Riewer of Moorhead, Ame (Mark) Heikkila of West Fargo, Nick Riewer of Frazee, Matt (Roxie) Riewer of Frazee, Megan (Jason) Tyge of Detroit Lakes, Andy (Jodi) Riewer of Moorhead, Melissa (Travis) Stalley of Moorhead, Ryan Riewer of Fargo, Molly Riewer of Fargo, Emily Riewer of Frazee and Brady Riewer, also of Frazee.

Visitation will be from 4-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Frazee, resuming at 12 noon Wednesday, April 4 in the Frazee High School commons.

A mass of Christian burial is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at the Frazee High School, Frazee, with the Rev. Joe DeCrans and Bishop Victor Balke celebrating the Mass. Burial will follow the service at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Frazee.

Serving as casketbearers will be Greg's brothers, Jon, Phil, Nick, Matt, Andy, Ryan and Brady. Arrangements are being provided by the Furey Funeral Home, Frazee.

In lieu of flowers, the Riewer family has established a scholarship fund in memory of Staff Sgt. Greg Riewer at the United Community Bank, PO Box 156, Frazee, MN 56544.