Victor Rien, 90, Scottsbluff

Victor Rien, 90, of Scottsbluff, passed away Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at Chimney Rock Villa in Bayard. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 15, 2013 at Zion Evangelical Church in Scottsbluff with Pastor Andrew Griess officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Scottsbluff. Visitation will be held from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at Jolliffe Funeral Home in Scottsbluff. Memorials may be made to the Zion Evangelical Church or to Prairie Haven Hospice. Online condolences may be made by visiting

Victor was born April 18, 1923 in Scottsbluff to Henry and Madelin (Snider) Rien. He attended school in Scottsbluff. Victor married Leona Schleicher January 11, 1942 in Torrington, Wyoming and to this union three daughters were born: Charlene, Kathy and Vicky. Victor lived in the Valley his entire life, farming the farm he was born on. He farmed with his father until he married Leona and they became partners working in the field for 41 years until retiring in 1983.

Victor was a High 10 Beet Producer five times in his farming career. He was a team bowler for many years and bowled weekly. He loved raising cattle and would walk among them and had many that would follow him around the corral. He loved playing the accordion which he taught himself to play. He enjoyed playing Dutch Hops, hymns, and country western music. His children and grandchildren loved to hear him play. Victor also taught himself to play the harmonica.

When Victor and Leona retired and moved to town, they enjoyed walking every day. They became known as "The Walkers" in their neighborhood. Victor loved family gatherings. His wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were his joy.

Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Leona of Scottsbluff; daughters, Charlene (Junior) Schwartz of Minatare, Kathy (Mark) Anderson of Robinson, TX and Vicky (Tim) Margheim of Scottsbluff; six grandchildren Jeff Schwartz, Robin (Tim) Johnson, Kristen Gammel, Matt (Kadie) Anderson, Joe (Andrea) Margheim and Jenny (Ed) Armstrong; and 10 great grandchildren.

Preceding Victor in death were his parents; six sisters; 5 brothers; 8 nephews and 4 nieces.

Thank you to the staff at Chimney Rock Villa and Prairie Haven Hospice for the loving care they gave our husband and father and to the angel who changed our tire. (He knows who he is!)

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