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June 16, 2019

5/21/2019 7:30:00 AM
Archie C. Riach

Archie C. Riach, 83, of the Town of Pine Lake, passed away Saturday morning, May 18, 2019 at his residence and with his daughter at his side. Archie was born in Rhinelander on Sunday, June 30, 1935, the son of Charles A. and Gertrude (Fish) Riach. He was a graduate of Rhinelander High School. Archie enlisted in the United States Army proudly serving his country during the Korean War. He was stationed in Germany. He met his future wife there and on Aug. 17, 1957 in Wurzburg, Germany Archie was united in marriage to Helga D. Sethmacher. The couple relocated to Waukesha, where they would live for the next 30 years. While living in Waukesha, Archie was employed at International Harvester Foundry and retired as a supervisor. The couple returned to Rhinelander in the '80s. Archie was then employed with Oneida County, driving the Senior Bus for 10 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, home improvement projects, his dogs, staying fit by walking, but most of all Archie loved dessert! He is survived by his daughter, Bruni Gross (Christopher J. Bliss II) of Atlanta, Ga., his four grandchildren: Angela (Roman) Mercer, Joseph "Bucky" Gross, Sara (Charles) Thornton, and Jackie (Chris) Hopper; his five great-grandchildren: Eli Giddens, Haylie Hopper, Kiley Thornton, Skylar Hopper and Lily Thornton; sister, Cleo (John) Hollingsworth of Waterford, Sr. Carla Riach O.S.F. of Arizona, Mary (Ron) Dervetski of Eau Claire, and Beverly Johns of Oshkosh. Also surviving are nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Helga D. Riach on Dec. 23, 2007 and one sister, Cathy (Duane) Lammert.

The visitation for Archie will be held Friday evening, May 24, 2019 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Hildebrand Funeral Home. A second visitation will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until the 2 p.m. funeral service. Immediately following the service there will be a procession to Northland Memorial Park for the committal service and where the presentation of the American Flag will take place. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in memory of Archie be made to either Ascension At Home Hospice, 111 E. Davenport St., Rhinelander, WI 54501 or to Oneida County Humane Society, 1852 N. Stevens St., Rhinelander, WI 54501. Hildebrand Funeral Home & Cremation Specialists, 24, E. Davenport Street, Rhinelander, 715-365-4343. You are invited to light a candle, sign the guestbook, leave a photo or an online condolence at

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