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GORDON ELROY RIEWE – The County Press – Thecountypress

by Arifa Rana

GORDON ELROY RIEWE born March 6, 1940 in Detroit, MI died peacefully on May 11, 2022 surrounded by his family. On October 16, 1965 he married his wife Natalie in Detroit.
He was a loving husband, a great dad and the best grandpa anyone could ever ask for. In his early days Gordy worked for Ford Motor Company and several other small businesses. In 1970 he and Natalie moved to Lapeer and soon after started Gordon Riewe Auction Associates. An auctioneer for over 40 years, he served his community faithfully by volunteering at various charity auction events. He traveled the country doing carousel, pinball, video, and antique auctions throughout the 80’s and 90’s. He loved everything about cars including buying, selling, restoring and just enjoying them. Over his lifetime he owned over 50 T-birds. He met many lifelong friends through the car and auction business including longtime friend Kenny Kolenda of Lapeer.
In 1989 he starred in the Movie Miami Cops and always loved to tell the story of it. Ask anyone who knew him, Gordy was one of a kind. He had a brilliant mind and thought of many successful business ideas during his lifetime. He was most proud of his daughter, Niki; son-in-law, Brian and grandkids, Felicia, Brandon (Mariah) and Faith. Always encouraging the best in them and making sure they knew just how proud he was of them. One of Gordy’s greatest accomplishments was mentoring his son-in-law Brian Rowley into becoming a successful auctioneer himself. Gordy had a sense of humor that was unmatched. You could often find him telling a joke or an elaborate story. He and Natalie did a lot of traveling around the U.S., Canada and Europe. He also loved to spend his free time at his cabin in Oscoda. For many years he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lapeer and sang in the choir. He never sat still for too long and was always onto the next big thing. Gordy will be missed by all who came to know him.
Gordy is survived by his wife, Natalie Riewe; daughter, Nikole (Brian) Rowley of Attica; grandchildren, Felicia Rowley of Sterling Heights, Brandon (Mariah) Rowley of Attica and Faith Rowley of Sterling Heights; sister, Linda (Jim) Hatcher of Howell; and sister-in-law, Jill Oakes of Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Laura Riewe; and brother, Rick Riewe.
Gordy’s memorial service will be at Noon on Friday, May 27, 2022, at the First Presbyterian Church, 433 N. Calhoun St., Lapeer, MI. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, from 11 a.m.-Noon at the church. Pastor Rodney Sanderson-Smith will officiate the service, followed immediately by a funeral luncheon at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or Paradise Animal Rescue, 2266 N. Lapeer Rd., Lapeer, MI. Arrangements for Cremation have been entrusted to Muir Brothers Funeral Home in Lapeer. Please share condolences and memories with the family at www.MuirBrothersLapeer.com
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