Erling Riis Jr

5 July 1927–24 March 2003 (Age 75)
Camden, Ouachita, Arkansas, United States

The Life of Erling

When Erling Riis Jr was born on 5 July 1927, in Camden, Ouachita, Arkansas, United States, his father, Erling Riis, was 38 and his mother, Dorothy Marie Young, was 32. He married Mary Mildred Semple on 1 December 1954, in Alabama City, Etowah, Alabama, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Panama City, Bay, Florida, United States in 1935 and Mobile, Mobile, Alabama, United States in 1940. He died on 24 March 2003, in Point Clear, Baldwin, Alabama, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Pinecrest Cemetery, Mobile, Mobile, Alabama, United States.

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Family Time Line

Erling Riis Jr
Mary Mildred Semple
Marriage: 1 December 1954
Mary Frances Riis
Betsy Leslie
Buzzy Riis
Fran Riis
Jim Riis
Erling Riis 3rd

Spouse and Children


    Mary Mildred Semple


1 December 1954
Alabama City, Etowah, Alabama, United States


    Mary Frances Riis


    Erling Riis 3rd


    Betsy Leslie


    Buzzy Riis


    Fran Riis


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings



World Events (8)


Age 2

13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.
1941 · Florida Involvement in World War II

Age 14

Similar to the first World War, Florida's location and temperature served as an ideal location for military training; in fact, Florida would end up having 172 military installations. As a result of World War II growth, Camp Blanding became the fourth largest city in Florida, capable of housing over 55,000 soldiers. Many Floridians sacrificed their lives among other Americans to win the war; it's estimated that about 3,000 U.S. deaths were from Floridian troops.
1947 · The Presidential Succession Act

Age 20

The Presidential Succession Act is an act establishing the presidential line of succession. This was a precursor for the Twenty-fifth Amendment which outlines what is to happen when a President is killed, dies, or is unable to fulfill the responsibilities of President.

Name Meaning

1 Scandinavian: nickname from ris ‘twigs’, ‘scrub’, or a habitational name from any of several places so named in Denmark.2 Norwegian: habitational name from any of five farmsteads named Ris, from Old Norse hrís ‘brushwood’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Erling Riis Junior, "Florida State Census, 1935"
  • Erling Riis in household of Erling Riis, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Erling Riis in household of Erling Riis, "United States Census, 1940"

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