July 3, 1929 — Feb. 21, 2013
Bruce Riker passed away peacefully in his sleep at age 83 on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, in Tucson, Ariz., with his loving wife Glenda at his side.
Born on July 3, 1929, to Kathryn S. and Burton M. Riker in Alliance, Ohio, bruce graduated from Elgin High School in 1947 and went on to Missouri Valley College and Lake Forest University. A U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War, he moved to Woodland, where he began a long, successful career as owner-operator of Yolo County Servisoft and Yolo County Pool supply until retiring in 1988.
Deeply involved in the Woodland business community, Bruce was an active member of the American Legion Post 77, lifetime member of Elks Lodge 1299, board member of the Woodland Chamber of Commerce, Yolo Fliers Club, president of the Pacific Quality Water Association, National Swimming Pool Institute (Sacramento Chapter), Shrine Club of Yolo County, Woodland Senior Center, Woodland Community Care Car and Woodland Sunrise Rotary Club. After retiring, Bruce became a docent and volunteer coordinator for the Hays Antique Truck Museum.
Bruce enjoyed playing golf, fishing, playing the calliope in the Shriners parade and, especially, his activities and friends in Sunrise Rotary, where he was affectionately bestowed with the moniker of Yoda.
Bruce is survived by his wife, Glenda Riker, daughters Leigh Anne Diekroeger (Kurt) and Kathy Elmore (Greg), son Jim Riker, stepdaughters Kim Richter (David) and Cary Stolpestad (Brent), 11 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, brother Richard and his first wife, Joyce Riker, in 2001.
Bruce will be fondly remembered by friends and family for his service, humor and wit. Goodbye, Yoda, we’ll miss you.
Arrangements are entrusted to Angel Valley Funeral Home, 520-327-6341.