Russell (Russ) Edward Riemann


Posted: Thursday, November 25, 2004


  Russell (Russ) Edward Riemann

Russell (Russ) Edward Riemann

Russell (Russ) Edward Riemann of Anchorage, former owner of The Alaska News Agency, died peacefully in his home Monday, Nov. 15, 2004. He was 84.

Mr. Riemann was cremated and his remains will be scattered off the coast of Maui, Hawaii.

Born in St. Louis, Mo., he developed a life-long love of boats and sailing. He attended Mississippi State, then moved to New Orleans where he worked for Louisiana News Company.

A veteran of World War II, he served in the Medical Administration Corps at Camp Swift, Texas, where he met his future wife, Doris, a physical therapist. They were married April 1, 1945, and moved to Washington state where he re-entered the magazine business. In 1953, Mr. Riemann was hired to replace the management of The Alaska News Agency.

In 1959, they opened the first Book Cache bookstore and through the years, 21 were opened throughout Alaska and Hawaii. Both businesses were operated until their retirement in 1989.

Mr. Riemann spent summer weekends camping and boating with his family and taught his children to sail. A member of the Over The Hill Ice Hockey League, he also taught his children and grandchildren to skate in a backyard ice rink.

He loved music and reading and was a staunch supporter of literacy and the freedom of speech. He spoke at local and statewide meetings and believed in the adage, "I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend your right to say it."

Mr. Riemann and his wife traveled extensively, from the Great Barrier Reef to the Egyptian Pyramids, the Northwest Passage and Antarctica. He soared in a glider, barrel rolled in a biplane and hot air ballooned over Anchorage and the Australian Outback.

Mr. Riemann is survived by his wife of 59 years, Doris Riemann; three daughters, Lynn Dixon of Anchorage, Gwen Gere of Kenai, and Sue Richner of Deming, Wash.; son, Kurt Riemann of Anchorage; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

A rememberance may be made to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements were made by Witzleben Family Funeral Home in Anchorage.

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