Roland Riessen celebrated his 80th birthday with a family brunch on November 5, 2017. Roland was born on November 1, 1937, in Davenport, Iowa, to Alvin and Vera Riessen, the oldest of six children. He was raised in Walcott, Iowa, and married Sandra Pfaffly in 1966 (d. 2014). Together they welcomed 3 children (Brent, Jennifer, and Derek), their spouses, and 9 grandchildren to the family. Roland retired from Ralston Purina, and today spends his time playing cards, watching sporting events and spending time with family.