Wild Willi Memorial

William Rieken (Wild Willi) 1960 – 2015willi hat

William Rieken, better known as Wild Willi in the pyrotechnics community left our world far too early on September 11th, 2015.  Willi was an icon in the hobby and industry.  Willi was a caring, generous, always willing to help man, and a vital figure who will be dearly missed at Pyromania.  He ran our raffles every year, donated generously without expectation of return, and was a welcome, vibrant personality on several online communities.  He leaves behind a legacy of stories and videos of his travels to events such as PGI, Pyromania, Thunder over Louisville, Western Winter Blast and more.

Willi you and your hat, which we hope to display every year in your memory will be truly missed.  Always look down on us while we are still here and enjoy the view from above!

Donations, after a fitting celebration of his life will be given to organizaion(s) Will was passionate about in his time with us.

Donations to the Wild Willi Memorial Fund  in any amount can be made through the paypal button below, click the hat! and please leave a comment below.

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Willi picture Appleton PGI 2010