Charles Riker – 2019  Labor Day Grand Marshal


The Herscher Chamber of Commerce and its Labor Day Parade Committee announce that Charles (Chuck) Riker has been selected as the Grand Marshal of the 2019 Herscher Grand Labor Day Parade.

Chuck and his wife, Barbara will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary the 5th of September. They have two daughters Kim (Greg) Hibner, and Deborah (Todd) Datweiler and one son Chuck (Amy) along with six grandchildren: Nathan (Yiyang) Hibner, Eric (Danielle) Hibner, Trey and Tate Datweiler, Chase and Kayleigh Riker.

The Rikers arrived in 1974 from Manteno, IL where Chuck was a bank officer and director for Manteno State Bank. During the first quarter of 1974, the State Bank of Herscher engaged Chuck’s services to be their new chief operating officer with the original office located at the SW corner of Main and Kankakee Ave. He was selected as the bank’s president and director the following year and served in that capacity until his retirement in 2006. 

As SBH continued its growth, new facilities were built at the present location of Park Road and Tobey Drive, with an addition completed in 1993. With continued growth, SBH opened a new facility in Limestone Township at the intersection of Route 17 and Limestone Road. 

Chuck and family are members of St. Margaret Mary church. He has been a member of the Herscher Chamber of Commerce since moving to the community where he has served as president of the organization. 

Assisting the community, Chuck was a member of the Herscher Fire Department and was one of their first trained and licensed Emergency Medical Technician. Chuck also served as Treasurer and member of the Fire Department board. 

The Village of Herscher appointed Chuck to the then combined Planning and Board of Review Commission early in his first year in the community. Paul Jordan was postmaster at the time and as Chuck was picking up mail, Paul along with Wally Jordan told Chuck that the previous evening at the Village meeting, he was appointed to the above board. Paul added one of the reasons he was chosen: “You are new to the community and not knowing anyone, no criticisms will be directed due to personal knowledge.” He continued serving as Chairman of the Planning Commission until earlier this year. 

With the assistance of Ken Wenzelman and others, Chuck was instrumental in forming the Herscher Foundation, serving the folks of the community in need of various services. 

Chuck and Barb enjoy spending a portion of the winter months in S. Florida. There he remains active through his recent term of vice-president of the home owners association consisting of 842 units as well as treasurer of his neighborhood, Greenwood Village. 

During the summer months and since his bank retirement, Chuck has donated a good portion of his time toward the maintenance and care of Sims Park.