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September 30, 2008

Sen. Marvin Riegsecker dies from cancer

INDIANAPOLIS — Longtime Indiana state Sen. Marvin Riegsecker of Goshen has died at age 71.

Senate Republicans said Tuesday that Riegsecker died of cancer at the Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis, where he was surrounded by his wife, Norma, and immediate family members.

Riegsecker was diagnosed this year with lymphoma and decided not to seek re-election, wanting instead to focus on his health and spend more time with his family.

Riegsecker was first elected to the Senate in 1988 and represented Senate District 12, which covers most of Elkhart County. He authored Indiana’s no-call list law against unwanted telemarketing and championed causes such as providing services to those with developmental disabilities.

Friends remember

Elkhart County Administrator Tom Byers said he had worked with Riegsecker back in the days when he served as coroner and county commissioner.

“He always symbolized what was right about serving in an elected post,” Byers began. “He was an excellent gentleman. He always worked with the best interests of the county.

“He’ll be missed,” Byers said today.

“He was obviously well-like in the community. He was a very nice and thoughtful person,” said David Daugherty, president of the Goshen Chamber of Commerce. “He will be sorely missed.”

The chamber hosted the Third House meetings on Saturdays when the General Assembly is in session, and Sen. Riegsecker was always there, Daugherty said.

“He was always here, he always had his stuff and a comment, even when he began to be sick,” he explained.

“I think he truly liked what he was doing,” said Martin McCrindle, who served as a deputy coroner with Riegsecker in the 1970s.

McCrindle is a retired Goshen firefighter and medic and now an instructor at the Elkhart Career Center.

“I think I worked for him all except his first year as coroner,” he explained.

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