Michael Mathew Riste was born March 14, 1948 in Tonasket, to Dorothy and Robert Riste of Oroville. He was raised on the Ellemeham mountain ranch until it was sold and the family moved to Oroville. Mike entered the U.S. Army in 1966 and served several tours in Viet Nam and then got out in 1983.
Mike married Jacqualine E. Kline in 1970 and was blessed with two children: Michael Riste Jr. and Janette. In his later years, he worked for Safeway in Issaquah. After continued service for ten years, he retired this year because of health reasons.
Mike is survived by one daughter, Janette Riste of Cleveland, Ohio and three granddaughters, Ranae, Lavada and Clarissa. He also has two great grandchildren, Michael and Alexandria. He is also survived by five siblings Al Riste of Sitka, Alaska, Robert Riste of Selah, Wash., Dolly Sneve of Oroville, Ben Riste of Arlington, Wash. and Vikki Dillon of Usk, Wash.
Mike’s funeral service will be held June 3 at the Tahoma Military Cemetary in Kent, Wash. Donations can be made to the Cancer Society for Myelodysplastic Syndromes.