Funeral Services for Albert “Buddy” Riesen, Jr. will be 11 a.m. Monday April 23, 2012, at the St. Philip’s Episcopal Church with Father Steve Bilsbury officiating.  Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Funeral Services for Albert “Buddy” Riesen, Jr. will be 11 a.m. Monday April 23, 2012, at the St. Philip’s Episcopal Church with Father Steve Bilsbury officiating.  Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.


Buddy was born October 24, 1932, to Albert and Maurine Easley Riesen. He passed from this life on April 19, 2012, in Oklahoma City at the age of 79.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brother John Easley Riesen; and sister Betty Riesen Dillard.


Buddy graduated from Ardmore High School in 1950 and from University of Oklahoma in 1954 with a B.A. degree in Journalism. He was a member of Alpha Delta Sigma advertising organization and Sigma Alpha Epsilon Social Fraternity.  In 1955, Buddy was called into the Air Force and became the Briefing Officer of the 44th Bomb Wing in the 2nd Air Force Strategic Air Command under General Curtis LeMay during the Cold War. He was stationed at Lake Charles, LA Air Force Base. He and Marian have enjoyed several lifelong friends from his time in the Air Force


In 1956, he married Marian Coffey and returned home after serving in the Air Force to work in the family business of newspaper, radio and TV, where he served as co-publisher of the Daily Ardmoreite with his brother until his incapacitation and death. Buddy then became editor and publisher of the newspaper. He was also the general manager of KVSO radio and KVSO TV until KVSO TV was sold in 1960.


Buddy was an award-winning columnist and under his leadership, The Ardmoreite won numerous awards. He served for the Oklahoma Press Association as a board member of the foundation and was chairman of the Summer Convention. He was also chairman of the O.U. Journalism Committee and member of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association Board of Directors.  Buddy and Marian have enjoyed friendships with many outstanding publishers from the region’s 13 states. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame.


Buddy was active in local, state and regional organizations. He was co-founder and chairman of Oak Hall Episcopal School, Ardmore City Schools Enrichment Foundation and Community Foundation of Ardmore. He was also co-founder of Leadership Ardmore. Buddy was chairman of Community Activities Foundation and served on the Board for 51 years. He was a long time Director of Exchange National Bank (now Bancfirst) and Memorial Hospital (now Mercy Memorial).  He helped sponsor the Greater Southwest Historical Society and was later honored as a member of their Hall of Fame in 1996.


Mr. Riesen was President of the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce in 1968, the year Uniroyal announced it was locating its facility in Ardmore. It was also the year the chamber formed the Ardmore Development Authority. He was three years in a row Master of Ceremonies of the Chamber’s Annual Banquet. Buddy served as vice-chairman of the State Chamber of Commerce in it’s formative years. 


He also served as President of the State Arts Counsel and was a member of the O.U. Alumni Board.  Buddy was a President of the Rotary Club, Salvation Army (24 years), Ardmore Village and Lodge, and the Goddard Center.  


He and Louis Fischel, Walter Neustadt Jr., H.F.V. Wilson, and Lovell McMillan started a local Brotherhood of Christians and Jews that held community lunches with relevant speakers. They also gave an annual brotherhood award. After selling the newspaper and radio station, he became a stock broker with Stifel and Nicolaus. He later left to work on his own and his wife’s business interests.  
Buddy is survived by his wife, Marian, of the home; two sons, Thomas Coffey Riesen and wife, Cindy and Mark Easley Riesen and wife, Martha; one daughter, Katherine Riesen Lathrop and husband, Jamie; grandchildren, William Dunn Riesen, Matthew Albert Riesen, Andrew Taylor Riesen, Blake Easley Riesen, Allison Blair Lathrop and Benjamin Riesen Lathrop.


Pallberers will be Will Riesen, Matthew Riesen, Andrew Riesen, Blake Riesen, Gary Dillard, Leon Simms and Travis Galt.  Honorary pallbearers will be Millard Ingram, Sam Daube, Rick Simms, James Clark, Bob Kerr, Rusty Noble and Jerry Crabb.  


The family wanted to thank the physicians and nurses at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital especially Dr. Fixley, Dr. Norman, Dr. Melton, Kendra and Karen.  


Memorials may be made to Oak Hall Episcopal School, 2815 Mt. Washington Road, Ardmore, OK 73401.  


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