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Kenneth K. "Ken" Riemer
October 21, 1940 ~ January 15, 2024 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Kenneth K. Riemer, 83, passed away peacefully at his home in Victor, January 15, 2024. Ken was born October 21, 1940, in Chicago to Gottlieb and Emily Herdt Riemer. The family resided in the Jefferson Park neighborhood, at that time an enclave of families with Volga German ancestry who immigrated from Russia in the wake of the political upheaval in the early 20th century. At the age of 13, Ken and his close cousin Ron began work as caddies at Park Ridge Country Club. Ken attributed his success in leadership training to the insights he gained while he was a caddy. Ken graduated from Lane Tech High School in Chicago and was the first in his generation to earn a degree from Elmhurst College.
Immediately after college Ken moved to St. Louis, Missouri, married Karen Dorn, and they welcomed three daughters, Jill, Julie, and Jodi. Ken began his career in Human Resources at Emerson Electric and the Visiting Nurse Association. Ken’s most fond work experience was as the Human Resources Vice President for three young entrepreneurs in their rapidly expanding businesses. He later worked as a Vice President of Human Resources for Aramark, including at Children’s World Learning Centers in Colorado. Ken met his second wife, Peggy, and moved to Philadelphia with Peggy and her daughter, Katie.
Ken earned an MA from Villanova University and began teaching management and leadership courses as an adjunct professor at Temple University in both undergraduate and Executive MBA programs and also taught several semesters in the MBA program at the University of Montana. Additionally, Ken used his insights and knowledge of leadership and organizational structure to coach over 900 top level executives.
Ken and Peggy built their home in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley in 2000 and were part time residents for 19 years, spending 7 months a year teaching in Philadelphia. During their years of commuting between their homes, Ken drove his beloved dogs across the country a total of 77 times. Ken was active in the Hamilton Rotary Club and the Elks. He played golf as often as possible and enjoyed his friendships at the dog park which he visited almost every day with his beloved dogs, including Mack. Ken was devoted to his family, loyal to his favorite teams and always available to help and support his family and friends, former students, and anyone he knew.
Ken is survived by his wife, Peggy, daughters, Jill Riemer (Beth Buffalo), Julie Simonson (Andy), Jodi Arnold (Justin), and Katie Dixon (Josh), seven grandchildren, Dominic Dixon, Hannah Simonson, Ryan Simonson, Henry Riemer Buffalo, Lilly Riemer Buffalo, Emmett Arnold, and Anya Arnold and his sister Kathy Reiter (Mike). Ken tirelessly offered practical help and emotional support to each of us and never let us forget we lacked appreciation for sleep and keeping time by the minute. He was truly loved and will be deeply missed.
A Memorial Service will be held in March. The family suggests donations can be made to the Hamilton Rotary Club, P. O. Box 278, Hamilton, Montana 59840. Condolences may be left for the family at www.dalyleachchapel.com.