Robert A. Riessen

Published: 1/10/2020 8:54:42 AM
Modified: 1/10/2020 8:54:04 AM

HANOVER, NH — Bob Riessen, 67, passed away on December 13th, 2019, surrounded by his family. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri to Orval Henry and Jean Kleckner Riessen on December 30th, 1951, joining his siblings Jerry and Kathryn.

Bob grew up in Evanston, Illinois. As a member of a tennis family, Bob was immersed in the sport from a young age. He excelled and became a highly ranked junior player, eventually playing number one singles at Northwestern. After graduating, he competed internationally on the satellite tennis circuit. Through these tournaments, Bob had the opportunity to travel the world and experience many different cultures. These early experiences informed his love for global exploration which would become a common theme throughout his life.

Bob married Francie Prosser in 1986 and moved to the Upper Valley several years later. He graduated from Vermont Law School with a Masters in Environmental Law in 1991. Following the birth of their son, Dylan, they moved to Paris, fulfilling a longtime dream. Upon returning to Hanover in 1993, Bob founded Magellan Travel Books, combining his love for travel and facilitating experiences for others.

Bob met neighbor Bill Bittinger in the mid 90s and began a lifelong friendship and business partnership, designing, financing and building a number of real estate projects, many to meet the need for affordable housing in the Upper Valley. Bob continued to invest in the community in other ways, including through his role on the Hanover-Joigny exchange committee, as a bookkeeper for local entrepreneurs, and as a tennis coach. In coaching, he continued his love and study of the game. He taught and coached tennis players of all ages and helped develop local programs around the Upper Valley, most notably at Storrs' Pond, where he played an integral role in the expansion of the tennis program.

Bob suffered from scleroderma for more than 25 years, and bore the disease with grace and humility, never letting it define who he was or how he lived. He is survived by his wife, Francie, their three beloved children, Dylan, Sarah and Emma, his brother and sister and many nieces and nephews. There will be a memorial service on February 8, 2020 at the Norwich Congregational Church at 1 pm, with a reception following at the Norwich Inn. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Storrs Pond Tennis Program, Hanover Improvement Society, 57 S. Main St., PO Box 106, Hanover, NH 03755.

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Arrangements were under the direction of the Rand-Wilson Funeral Home of Hanover, NH.

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