The Free Press, Mankato, MN

October 8, 2013

Charles W. 'Chuck' Ries


EVERYWHERE — Charles W. 'Chuck' Ries



    Charles William Ries, 61, died on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at his home in Madison Lake.

    Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at All Saints Catholic Church in Madison Lake. Celebrants are Father Robert Schneider and Father James Russell. Visitation will be from 3:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday at All Saints with a 2:45 p.m. prayer service. Visitation continues one hour before the service on Saturday at the church. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Madison Lake.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to All Saints Catholic Church Endowment Fund or VINE Faith in Action Capital Campaign. Mankato Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

    Chuck was born on June 1, 1952 in Mankato, MN to William Charles "Bill" and Margaret "Marge" (Nuebel) Ries. He joined Carol Jean Kaduce in marriage on August 7, 1982 at All Saints. He attended All Saints Catholic School, Wilson Campus School, and Mankato State College. After attaining his C.P.A., Chuck went on to receive his J.D. from the William Mitchell College of Law.

    Chuck practiced law for over thirty years in Mankato and was a partner in the law firm of Maschka, Riedy & Ries, where he focused his practice on bankruptcy, taxation, and commercial law issues. Chuck was a past Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association Bankruptcy Section and served as a District of Minnesota Panel Trustee. Named a Minnesota Super Lawyer by Minnesota Law & Politics, he was well-respected in his field.

    Chuck was raised in Madison Lake and always knew that he wanted to live on the lake. He built his home on Madison Lake in 1980 and, along with his wife and children, made many happy memories there. Chuck was a proud family man and a supportive and loving husband and father. During his childrens athletic careers, he spent a great deal of time at the ball field, gym, and ice rink quietly cheering them on as their greatest fan. He also loved the community and people of Madison Lake and his church.

    Chuck was generous in sharing his many gifts and lived a life of service to others. From 1971 to 1976, he served in the United States Army Reserves. He was a Madison Lake City Councilman for over 10 years, and was an active member of the American Legion Post 269 in Madison Lake. He coached many little league and football teams and was past President of the Mankato Area Girls Fastpitch Association. Chuck served All Saints in many ways, as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister and serving on the Finance Council and the Endowment Fund Board.

    Loving family members include his wife, Carol; sons, Ryan (Renae) Ries of Story City, IA and William "John" (Amy) Ries of Rochester; daughter, Thalia "Ty" Ries of Madison Lake; step-grandchildren, Nickolas Ries, Justin Ries, and Trenton Meiners; sisters, Peggy Ries of Tucson, AZ, Ann "Terri" (James) Dorn of Richmond, VA, Marion (Ken) Olson of Cave Creek, AZ, and Patti (Randy) Munsen of Tucson, AZ; brothers, John (Sue) Ries of Eagle Lake and Michael (Kim) Ries of Minnetonka; aunts, Carolyn (Lee) Reichelt and Helen Dittrich; 15 nieces and nephews; cousins; and many dear friends.

    Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Marge; infant brother, Paul; aunt, Jean Posz; and nephew, Rafael Rafe Thompson.