Clell Riesen

Memorial services for 79-year old Clell Riesen of rural Minatare, NE, are Wed, Jan 4, 2022, at 1:00 at Bridgman Funeral Home in Scottsbluff with Pastor Rick Reisig officiating. 

It is respectfully requested that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Minatare Volunteer Fire Department. 

Online condolences may be made by viewing Clell’s memorial page at or at 

Clell Earnest Riesen was born January 6, 1943, in Sheridan, WY to Ernest and Maxine (Underwood) Riesen. He passed away Thurs, Dec 29, 2022, at home.

Clell received his early education in the Sheridan school system. He served in the Army after school and was stationed in Korea as an MP. During his military service, he married Donna Clark on December 31, 1964. To this union were born Clayton and Clinton. 

After the Army, Clell returned to school at Chadron State College and completed his bachelor’s degree. 

The family then lived at, taught school, and drove bus for the Sunflower School north of Scottsbluff. Clell later worked at Jirdon Industries, where he programmed the first computer the company ever had.

He also worked at Gillette Dairy and Farm Credit Services, all while farming, ranching, and raising the boys.

Clell loved to talk politics with everyone and enjoyed riding horses, which brought him the honor of serving as Trail Boss for the annual Ride the Ridge trail ride in the Chadron/Crawford area.

Survivors include his wife Donna; sons Clayton (Julie) and Clinton (Nancie); grandchildren Ashley (Austin) Stephens, Colby (Kelsey) Riesen, Alaina (Keenan) Johnson, Clark Riesen, Brenton Riesen, Whitney (Joel) Callaham, MacCormick Riesen and Madlyn Riesen; great-grandchildren Grady Stephens, Kara & Renee Stephens and Eleanor Riesen; brother Burr (Peni) Riesen; and sister-in-law Karen Clark.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Bridgman Funeral Home in Scottsbluff is assisting the family with arrangements with local arrangements under the care of Sheridan Funeral Home in Sheridan, Wyo.

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