John Rieck

Enumclaw resident John Carl “J.C.” Rieck died on April 29, 2019, at the age of 72.

Enumclaw resident John Carl “J.C.” Rieck died on April 29, 2019, at the age of 72.

He is remembered as a gifted musician. In high school, he founded the band The Ivy Three followed by The Artesians, which played extensively throughout the Pacific Northwest. Shortly after high school, he joined The Kingsmen, famous for their song “Louie Louie,” and toured the country. This was followed by a stint playing with the Johnny Tillotson/Fats Domino Review in Las Vegas. Returning to the Pacific Northwest he played in one of Seattle’s premier rhythm and blues bands, Cinnamon Soul. In the early 1970s, he formed Lance Romance, a longtime favorite in the Pacific and Inland Northwest. The group toured from Los Angeles to Alaska to North Dakota, sharing the bill with many notable bands. Lance Romance was a labor of love, releasing a 45 and one full LP, and enjoyed several reunion shows over the years. He was passionate about music his entire life and shared his gift with others, influencing and helping countless musicians through the years.

He is survived by children Charlie Lenier and Rose Lust (Tyler); brother Roy Dana Rieck (Jamie Doyle); sister Margo Dill; and two granddaughters.

A celebration in his memory is planned for 11 a.m. Sunday, July 14, at the VFW Post 1949 in Enumclaw, 44426 244th Ave. S.E.

Donations in his memory are suggested to The Humane Society of the United States,, or 1255 23rd St. N.W., Suite 450 Washington, D.C. 20037.

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