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Donald "Don" P. Riel

March 20, 1933 ~ September 30, 2023 (age 90) 90 Years Old
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Donald "Don" Riel Obituary

In Loving Memory of Donald P. Riel, 1933 - 2023 

It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of Donald P. Riel, a loving father, grandfather, husband, and friend, on September 30, 2023. He departed from this world surrounded by his beloved family at the age of 90. 

Born in Moxee, WA March 20, 1933, Don led a life full of adventures, wisdom, and love. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. Dad entered basic training in 1953 at Camp Roberts. From there he transferred to his Military Occupational Specialty at Presidio of San Francisco food service school. He received an honorable discharge in 1955 and returned home to pursue what would be his lifetime career, farming hops. Beyond his military service and farming endeavors, he was an avid hunter, RV camper, and a devout fan of the Seattle Mariners, all of which he was passionate about sharing with those around him. 

Don wore many hats throughout his life, but the ones he wore with the utmost pride were those of a loving devoted husband to Ginger L. Riel, and a caring father and grandfather. Beyond family, he was a friend to many, known for his humor and charisma. 

His family and friends will forever cherish the memories, lessons, and love he imparted to them. They are comforted in knowing that he is reunited with his loved ones who preceded him in death and await him in heaven, Leonide Riel (father), Florine Riel (mother), Irvin Riel (brother), Leonard Riel (brother) Ginger Riel (wife), Darrell Riel (son), Doug Riel (son), Christine Riel (daughter), Clara and Charlotte Riel (sisters-in-law), Bob Hyatt (brother-in-law) . His legacy will live on with all who knew him. Though his absence is deeply felt, his memory will always remain with us. 

Don is survived by the following family members: Children & Spouses – Theresa (Mike) McGhuey, Dennis (Shirley) Riel, Cathy (Jeff) Hocker, Mary (Doug) Penwell, Diann Riel, and Duane Riel, Sisters – Joyce Riel (Chuck) Thompson and Phyllis Hyatt. Grandchildren – Alisha, Brooke, Kindra, Andrew, Adam, Adrienne, Christine, Eric, Connor, Sheena, Sharaya, Justin, and Roman. Great Grandchildren – Riley, Ryder, Memphis, Adalynn, Braelynn, Maisie, Logan, Calvin, Peter, Eleanor, Zayden, Taytum, Alayna, and Brandon. 

Viewing and Visitation will be held Thursday, October 12, 2023 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm with the recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:00 pm at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside, WA. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, October 13th, 2023 at 11:00 am at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Grandview, WA. followed by a reception in the Church Hall.  Private Family Graveside with burial Military Honors will be at Grandview Cemetery in Grandview, WA. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice House, 2108 W Entiat Ave, Kennewick WA 99336  Those wishing to sign Don’s online memorial book may do so at Smith Funeral Home Sunnyside is in care of arrangements.

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Viewing and Visitation
October 12, 2023

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Smith Funeral Home
528 S. 8th St.
Sunnyside, WA 98944

Recitation of the Rosary
October 12, 2023

6:00 PM
Smith Funeral Home
528 S. 8th St.
Sunnyside, WA 98944

Mass of Christian Burial
October 13, 2023

11:00 AM
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
1201 Missouri
Grandview, WA 98930


Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice House
2108 W. Entiat Ave., Kennewick WA 99336


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