Leona Rae Rike


Leona Rae Rike, 98, of Claremont, MN formerly of Paulding, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 9, 2024, at home surrounded by her family.

Leona was born on January 23, 1926, in Deshler, Ohio to Roy and Ethel (Kidwel) Harrison. She graduated highschool and worked in various jobs. On May 26, 1949, after a blind date and only 3 ½ months of courting, she married Ernest Franklin (Frank) Rike and together they had four children. In 1957 Leona and Frank moved to a dairy farm in the U.P. of Michigan, where she worked along side her husband. Even though she really didn't like the cows very much! Together they also started a farm equipment business, where she was his bookkeeper until their retirement. In 1992 they moved back to Ohio.

She enjoyed reading and gardening. She was a great mom, a hard worker, and great supporter. Best of all, She loved the lord and was a faithful member of the Methodist Church. Active in the choir and teaching Sunday school. Ready to lend a helping hand when and where ever was needed. She was most known for her pies which she was asked to make on a regular basis. Most of all she loved spending time with her family. Her memory will remain in the hearts of her family and friends and all who knew her. She will be deeply missed.

Leona is survived by her daughter, Laura (Kurt) Laplander of Claremont, MN; sons, Eric (Sue) Rike of Lowell, MI and Mick (Dawn) Rike of Castle Rock, Co; seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Frank; daughter, Dawn Marie; and one sister, Margaret.

A private family service will be held at a later date. To share a special memory or condolence please visit www.czaplewskifuneralhomes.com, Czaplewski Family Funeral Homes, 25 South St SE Dodge Center, MN 55927 (507)374-2155. Blessed be her memory.