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Michael J. Rieser

Michael J. Rieser, age 70 of Baltimore, died suddenly at his residence on May 18, 2017. He was born to the late Carl and Verna Bowen Rieser, on August 5, 1946 in Columbus.

Michael served in the US NAVY during the Vietnam War. He was a self employed painter who enjoyed the outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Michael loved and respected animals and enjoyed his four legged friends. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and father-in-law, who loved spending time with his family, especially his grandson, Carter Michael James Ferguson.

He will be greatly missed by his friends, family, and his ship mates, that he got together with annually for the last 50 years. Everyone will remember “The Good Times” they always had with Michael. He was an amazing person whose memories will never leave the hearts of those who met him.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Heather E. Rieser; daughter, Elizabethann (Joshua J.) Ferguson ; grandson, Carter Michael James Ferguson; siblings, Bonnie Messing, Barbara Lavely, Cathy Moeller and Jim (Hannah) Rieser; and many nieces and nephews.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Jack, Richard, Karrie, and Dave.

A private family graveside service will take place at Union Evangelical Cemetery, arrangements have been made through the Johnson-Smith Funeral Home. Online condolences can be made at

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