|Thank you so much for answering me so quickly! I’ve asked my father-in-law about his family. His father died when he was young. I was misinformed about him being in the military, but he did spend time over seas as a sewing machine mechanic. He never knew his grandfather and only met his grandmother once. I know his father (Walter Joseph,Sr.) died in Oklahoma, and most of his family lived in Missouri. The only name my father-in law could remember was Frank Rieper- one of his dad’s brothers. I searched through the social security death indexes that I have on CD and found several names from Missouri.Maybe one of these will link up to Germany somehow. I’ll list them for you and I will continue to search the websites you sent to look for any possible connections. My father-in-law said he thought his father had 5 or 6 brothers and sisters. Well, here are their names and dates of birth and death. I haven’t been able to find any family connections between them yet.
ANNA RIEPER b.APR 21,1901 d.DEC.11,1988 WELLSVILLE, MO
ESTELLE RIEPER b.SEP 2,1897 d. FEB 1983 ST.LOUIS, MO
MAY RIEPER b.JUN 22,1891 d. NOV 1978 ST.LOUIS, MO
ORA RIEPER b. AUG 16, 1902 d. OCT 1984 MT. VERNON, MO
I am going to call my father-in-law in the morning to see if any of these names ring a bell.
Thanks you again for all the interesting and helpful information.
Stephanie M. Rieper