Severin R. “Buddy” Riesgraf, age 97, of Belle Plaine, died peacefully, surrounded by his family on Thursday, February 22, 2018, at Kingsway Retirement Living in Belle Plaine.  Severin was born September 26, 1920, in Belle Plaine Township, Scott County, to John A. and Elizabeth (Huss) Riesgraf.  He was raised there, attended school at Union Hill and Scott County District School.  Severin served in the Army during WWII as a Corporal in Battery A 167th Anti-aircraft Gun Battalion.  Upon returning from military service, he bought the home place from his parents and continued farming.

He married Rosella E. Krautkremer on May 14, 1946 at St. Benedict, and the couple farmed outside of Union Hill until the mid-1980’s.  After moving to New Prague, Severin worked at Bloedow’s Hardware, Minnesota Valley Breeders, North Star Auction, Park Ballroom, KC Hall, Sponsels Orchard, Cedar Lake Farm, and Emma Krumbee’s.  He served on the boards of NPCL, Park Ballroom, New Prague Coop, Union Hill School, St. John’s Church, and NP Rurual Fire Dept.  In addition, he was the Supervisor of the Belle Plaine Township Board.  Severin was also a member of the American Legion Post 45, VFW Post 5145, and was a Third Degree KC member.  He enjoyed traveling, playing cards, and visiting.

Severin is survived by his children, Donald (Brenda) Riesgraf of Berryville, VA, Carol Jean (Roger) Bauer of Union Hill, Rosis (Wes) Blacketer of Osage City, KS, Charlene (Don) Skluzacek of New Prague, Sharon Riesgraf of Le Sueur; sisters- in-law, Gladys Krautkremer Busch and Julia Schoenbauer Krautkremer; 15 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Rosella; parents; four brothers, Cletus, Erwin, Andrew, and Killian; five sisters, Agnes Wolf, Cordula Miller, Coleta Giossi, Sabina Blatz, and Sister M. Alda, SSF.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at 10:00 AM at St. Wenceslaus Church with Father Kevin Clinton officiating.  Visitation will take place from 4-8 PM on Monday and from 7:30 - 9:30 AM on Tuesday morning at Bruzek Funeral Home.  Burial will occur at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery where military honors will be conducted, followed by lunch at the KC Hall.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.