Adeline Howard Riedesel, 86, died Oct. 27 at Kavanagh House hospice in Des Moines from complications following surgery.  

Funeral services will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Glidden at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, with the Rev. Brian Camara officiating.   

Burial will follow in Merle Hay Memorial Cemetery at Glidden. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Dahn & Woodhouse Funeral Home in Glidden, concluding with a prayer service at 7.  

The casket will be moved at 9 a.m. Wednesday to the church where visitation will resume.   

Casket bearers will be Grant Riedesel, Reed Young, Jim Meisheid, Matt Meisheid, Kevin Bell and Wayne Seaman.  Honorary casket bearers will be Julie Taggart, Erin Bell, Shantry Riedesel, Sean Rinehart and Rachel  


Online sentiments may be expressed to the family at www.dahnandwoodhouse.com  

Adeline was born in Sioux City on May 28, 1926, to Ellis R. and Gertrude (Hegstrom) Howard, the first of her siblings born in a hospital after two older brothers and a sister had been delivered at home.  

She grew up on the family farm near Lawton in western Iowa’s Loess Hills. She loved the outdoors and spent her youth riding horses and helping her father and brothers with the farming and livestock.   

Adeline played girls basketball and softball and graduated from Lawton Community School in 1943, then attended Iowa State Teachers College (now University of Northern Iowa), earning a  two-year elementary-education certificate in 1945.

In the fall of 1945, Adeline was hired to teach first grade at Glidden Consolidated School in Carroll County. The superintendent interviewed and offered her the job on the phone. She saw Glidden — her eventual home for the next 65 years — for the first time when she arrived to start the school year. She met and married local farmer John F. Riedesel in June 1948. To this union were born five children.

For 40 years, Adeline and John farmed in the Glidden area, retiring from farming in 1988.  Adeline continued as a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service in Glidden and Carroll until retirement in 1992. She also served as a school bus driver.

Adeline was active in the Presbyterian Church as well as clubs, sporting events and community activities. She loved the Iowa State Cyclones. Visitors during the baseball season usually found a game on her television. Spinal deterioration and degeneration forced her to sell her home and move to Carroll Health Center in October 2010.

She is survived by sons Warren (Mary), Des Moines, and Calvin of Glidden; daughters Barbara (Jim) Iverson, Minneapolis, and Suzanne (Mike) Rinehart of Nampa, Idaho; daughter-in-law Patience Riedesel, Storm Lake; and grandchildren Grant (Laura) Riedesel, Chicago, Erin (Kevin) Bell, Des Moines, Julie (Jeff) Taggart, San Diego, Calif., Reed Young, Brooklyn, N.Y., Shantry Riedesel, Marshalltown, Rachel Riedesel, Storm Lake, and Sean Rinehart of Moscow, Idaho; special friend and companion Cal Hughes of Glidden; Adeline’s  sister Phyllis Beeman Burkburnett, Texas; brother Robert (Beverly) Howard, Sioux City; sister-in-law Helen Howard Springville, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.  

She was preceded in death by her husband John, in 1995; son Miles, in July 2012; and brothers Wayne (Moville) and Bennett Springville, Calif.