Louis M. “Lou” Riedmann, Sr.
January 22, 1935 – March 15, 2022
Preceded in death by wife, Sharon; parents; seven siblings. Survived by children: Louis “Chip” Riedmann (Pat) and grandchildren, Christopher (Amber) and Courtney; Beth Riedmann; Gayle Riedmann and grandchildren: Auben Hendrix (James), Lena Kazer (Quinn), Max Kazer; Joyce Vasha (Augie) and grandchildren, Aron (Erika) and Alec; Lisa Lackovic (Robert) and grandchildren, Amy Gunn (Brandon) and Bobby (Kati); nine great-grandchildren; many other family and friends.
VISITATION: Wednesday, March 23rd at 4pm with a WAKE SERVICE at 6:30pm, all at West Center Chapel. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Thursday, March 24th at 10:30am at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 7600 S. 42nd Street. Private Inurnment: Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Shriners Hospital for Children or Lauritzen Gardens Riedmann Herb Garden.
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Lou Riedmann was 87 years old. He was preceded in death by his wife Sharon, his parents, Alfred and Frances and 7 siblings: Madge Panowicz, Irene Van Moorleghem, Fran Garvin, George Riedmann, Al Riedmann, Lawrence Riedmann and Ruth Elsasser.
Lou had 5 children and 9 grandchildren: Louis “Chip” Riedmann (Pat) and grandchildren, Christopher (Amber) and Courtney; Beth Riedmann; Gayle Riedmann and grandchildren: Auben Hendrix (James), Lena Kazer (Quinn), Max Kazer; Joyce Vasha (Augie) and grandchildren, Aron (Erika) and Alec; Lisa Lackovic (Robert) and grandchildren, Amy Gunn (Brandon) and Bobby (Kati). Lou also had 9 great-grandchildren.
Lou was President and Chairman of the Board of Watkins Concrete Block Company, Inc. until 2008. He oversaw 50 employees who looked to him for advice and support. He knew the office operations inside and out, worked with the primary customer base who supported the company, knew the production facility and how it operated and the delivery fleet. In short, he was the glue that held it all together.
Lou loved entertaining at his Lake Home at Hanson Lakes. One of his joys was taking a “booze cruise” around the lake and sharing stories about each home. He always had a full cooler to offer a cold one to those he stopped to talk to. He knew just about everyone on the lake and never hesitated to help his neighbors when they needed assistance with their property. He was a problem solver and Mr. Fix It. Duct tape, WD40 and super glue were always near for quick repairs. Some referred to him as “The Mayor” of Hanson Lakes. He sprung to action during the flood of 2019 and was key to getting things back to normal for the residents.
One of Lou’s favorite pastimes was fishing in Canada on Eddie’s Island. To clarify, he was head chef and made sure the 20 or so guys were well fed. The family enjoyed many stories about these trips. He loved the American Flag, Husker Football, Creighton Basketball, Polka Music, The Drover, Frank Stoysich Meats, Frank Sinatra, and Donald Trump. He was proud of his garage, his garden, his Chris-Craft boat but mostly, he was proud of his 5 children and 9 grandchildren.
Lou leaves behind a large circle of friends in the masonry industry, Hanson Lakes, The Tangier Shrine and many more organizations he was a part of. He was awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Concrete Masonry Association, the Nebraska Masonry Institute, Metropolitan Omaha Builders Association. Most recently he was recognized for his service to SID 101 that oversees the lake area.
Lou was a positive force with a warm smile and a great sense of humor. He was an innovator and engineer at heart. He was one of the most generous people you will ever meet. So, raise your glass and let’s share a Scotch, a glass of wine, a cold beer or whatever you choose and celebrate the remarkable life of Lou Riedmann.
With our heart felt sympathy we send our condolences. Loui was a great guy and will be missed by so many.
John and Teri
So sorry for the loss of your loved one. He was such a great guy. May he rest in peace.
With a sad heart we send our condolences to the family. Lou was a special person and he will be greatly missed.
My condolences to Lou’s family. Lou was one of the finest men, and fathers, that I have ever known. He has left a shining legacy. Bruce McCoy
We will surely miss Lou but know that he left a great legacy! He was the leader of our Lake Community and our closest neighbor who taught us so much! So sorry for your important family loss!
Lou will be so missed by our entire family. From welcoming us to the lake community over 20 years ago and promptly electing us to the Betty Lake Board the first year, and President for 3 years 😁, Lou, Franco, Roman and Mendick, were the driving force behind all the great things we did down there at the lake. Lou knew everyone and everyone knew Lou. Even the kids, big and small always wanted to hit the Riedmans for the GIANT candy bars for Halloween. A real gentleman, good friend wonderful father to all the kids. We love you Lou and Sharon and will never, ever forget.
chip so sorry the loss of louis he was a great cusion very close in his youth to the prchal family we wil pray for him tom prchal storm lake Iowa
We are so sorry for your loss. We send are condolences to the family. Loui will be greatly missed.
Love Demir and Amy
Sharon and I send our condolences to the entire family. Lou will be missed and remembered by so many people whose lives were touched and who benefited from knowing him…. He was a keeper…..
Our sincere condolences and sympathy from Lou & Virginia Prchal he was a great person and Lou’s last cousin so sorry to hear of his passing. RIP Lou.
The loss of Lou absolutely shocked us! He was a guy that we thought would live forever I guess. He was always so helpful, full of life and great stories. He was everyone’s “go to guy”. Linda and I loved him dearly. He always had the best hugs too. Rest in peace my friend. Sharon will be waiting for another dance.
Marge and Linda
Lou was a great guy and did a lot for our industry. He also enjoyed having a good time. His smile said it all.
My sympathies to the entire Riedmann family, but especially to Lisa. Lou was a good man and a titan in the block industry.
Such a wonderful man who brought joy to everyone just by walking in the room. I cannot picture him without a huge grin on his face. He will be missed by so many!
Our sincere condolences and sympathy to the family. Lou was a true friend to our family during our time at Hanson Lake, he will be missed.
What can I say but that he will be missed. He lived life to the fullest❤️I love the write up about him.❤️❤️
Was a peach of a guy and I feel blessed to have known him.
I loved Lou and will miss him dearly. Our deepest sympathies to the entire family. Lou was my Dad’s best friend and I looked up to him as a kid. When I got older, we became friends. Lou was always happy and ready to help. He loved lake life and sharing it with others. I moved to a lake in Valley 15 years ago which was mostly influenced by spending so much time at him and Sharon’s cabin. He had such an easy going way about him. I admired him so much. What I wouldn’t give to hang out with my dad and Lou when they were younger. The “DLB”
My condolences to Beth on the loss of her beloved father. Just relish all the happy memories, Beth, and feel him beside you.
My sincere condolences. My Mom passed on Christmas Eve, so I know what you must be feeling.
Our family will deeply miss Lou. He was a friend as well as a strong block producer and his contributions to NCMA were major.. Not too many of the good old boys are left. This has been a good ride for a lot of us. The people that we have met through the NCMA have been top notch. We send our love and prayers to the Riedmann Family. We wish NCMA the best in their quest to support our industry, God Bless