Lynne Marie Rihner of Denison passed away Sunday, October 18th at the age of 55 at Crawford County Memorial Hospital after a courageous 4-year battle with Stage IV breast cancer.
Lynne Langel was born in Des Moines, Iowa on November 15, 1964. She attended Waukee High School where she was an All-State basketball player. Lynne attended Simpson College in Indianola, where she continued her basketball career. While attending Simpson, Lynne met Brian Rihner and the two began dating. They were married on June 6, 1987.
Lynne was a tax accountant for many firms in her career, including Mahoney & Gotto in Denison for the final 15 years of her life. She was very active in Grace Evangelical Free Church in Denison, where her husband Brian is the pastor. Lynne’s faith was very important to her and was a central focus in her life.
Lynne’s interests included spending time with family and involvement in sports. She was a diehard St. Louis Cardinals fan and always looked forward to baseball season. She greatly enjoyed attending her three children’s sporting events. She loved being outdoors, especially on a warm day. In her later years, being a grandmother became one of Lynne’s greatest treasures in her life.
Lynne is survived by her husband Brian of Denison, her parents Denny and Jan Langel of Waukee, her son Marcus (Alyssa) of Denison, her son Kevin (Claudia) of Denison, her daughter Alyssa (Joe) of Denison, her sisters Kim (Mark) Hickl of Austin, Texas and Lori (Don) Lyons of West Des Moines, three granddaughters (Trinity, Harper, and Violet), another grandchild on the way, and many other relatives and friends.
Visitation will take place from 4-7 PM on Thursday, October 22 at Grace Evangelical Free Church in Denison. Funeral service will take place at 10 AM Friday, October 23, also at Grace Evangelical Free Church in Denison. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery in Denison