Bill Riekert, 65, of Idyllwild, died of a sudden and unexpected case of meningitis Friday, Oct. 28, 2005 while vacationing in Costa Rica.

Mr. Riekert was born Dec. 6, 1939, raised in New York, and worked in the textile industry which brought him to Palm Springs 20 years ago.

After a short time living at Lake Hemet, Mr. Riekert moved to Idyllwild full-time five years ago where he volunteered his time primarily for the Idyllwild Rotary Club and the Associates of Idyllwild Arts.

Mr. Riekert’s joyful and giving spirit will be missed by many here in Idyllwild.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 at Silver Pines Lodge.

Mr. Riekert is survived by a daughter, Darcie Bakhouche and two grandchildren, Evan and Alec of Utah; and a son, Roth Riekert of Connecticut.