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Emil Rieben

January 10, 1934 — April 4, 2023

Emil August Rieben, age 89, was a man who lived a life filled with love, laughter, and purpose. He was not just a father, grandfather, and great grandfather, but a mentor, friend, and a beloved member of his community. Emil was a man of many talents, serving his country as a radio operator in the US Army during the Cold War and later, serving the people of Munford in several different ways. His infectious smile was something that will be remembered by all who knew him. Whenever Emil entered a room, his presence would light up the space with joy and positivity. He had a sharp wit and a great sense of humor that could lift anyone's spirits. Emil and his wife Maxine's love story spanned over five decades, and their love was evident to everyone around them. Their home was a place of warmth, filled with gospel hymns, delicious food, and most importantly, love. With unshakable faith and a passion for service, Emil followed his heart and went into ministry. As a pastor, music director and faith leader, Emil touched countless lives with his compassion and kindness. Emil’s faith was a cornerstone of his life, and he shared that faith with others through his work in the church. His legacy of faith will continue to live on. As the first mail carrier in Munford, Emil was an integral part of the town’s growth and development. He delivered mail for the United States Postal Service with a smile. His work with the Poplar Grove Utility Company also had a significant impact. Emil’s dedication to delivering safe and clean drinking water to thousands of people was a testament to his caring nature and desire to make a positive impact. Emil's selflessness extended into his role as a firefighter for the Memphis Fire Department. His bravery and commitment to helping others during times of crisis were a testament to his character. Emil was a man of many accomplishments, but his greatest achievement was his family. He raised his three children, David, Emily, and Jonathan in the Munford community that he loved since 1974. His family was his pride and joy, and he was deeply devoted to them. Emil leaves behind a beautiful legacy in his children, nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and two brothers. On Tuesday, April 4, 2023, Emil was reunited with God, his wife, his parents, Harry and Olivia Hanna Rieben, and his brother James Rieben, all of whom he loved dearly. Mr. Rieben is survived by his three children, David Rieben, Emily Chan, and Jonathan Rieben; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, and two brothers, Harry Rieben and Herman Rieben. The passing of Emil Rieben is a tremendous loss to the Munford community, and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him. As we mourn the loss of this remarkable man, we take solace in the knowledge that his spirit will continue to live on in the hearts and memories of all those he touched throughout his life. Funeral services for Mr. Rieben will be held on Saturday, April 15th at First Baptist Church of Atoka. Visitation for friends and family will be from 10am until 11:30am, with the funeral to begin at 11:30am. Interment will follow the service in Morrison Cemetery in Brighton.
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