William "Bil" Lloyd Rieger
September 24, 2011
William “Bil” Lloyd Rieger was born Sept. 4, 1961, to Charles C. Rieger Jr. and Joan Knight Rieger in Pittsburgh, Penn. Bil was in Michigan and was a graduate of East Grand Rapids High School and the University of Denver, where he excelled in football, soccer and tennis.
He is the proud founder of Kenichi restaurant in Aspen, Austin and Dallas and, most recently, Bad Billy’s Restaurant and Bar in Aspen. As a restaurateur, it delighted Bil to serve exquisite cuisine to his friends. Most of his adult life was spent in Aspen, where Bil was a magnificent host, loved to entertain, had a memorable smile, bionic body and astounding energy. He perused adventure with reckless abandon and gathered true and loyal friends from around the world. Bil recently celebrated his 50th birthday on a gorgeous lake in Idaho surrounded by his entire family.
Bil is survived by his mother, Joan Knight Rieger of Houston, Texas; father and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Charles C Rieger Jr. of Naples, Fla.; brother, Rick, and wife, Sarah, and their children, Charlie, Ben, Will and Sue of Spokane, Wash.; sister, Jean, and husband, Todd, and their daughters, Leila and Mya Vorhies of Sandpoint, Idaho; Bil’s loving companion, Julie Royer Manning, and her children, Olivia, Monet and Davis Manning.
Billy Rieger loved the Rocky Mountains. His friends and co-adventurers celebrate the joy of his being.
Please join the Rieger family for a celebration of Bil from 4-6 p.m. on Sept. 26 at Casa Tua in Aspen. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to extreme sports camp for autism, at http://www.extremesportscamp.org, or the charity of choice.