Loren Edward Reinke, 68, entered the peace of Heaven on Saturday, September 7, 2013 from his home on the farm in Villard.
On May 3, 1945, Loren was born to Alvin and Leona (Dopp) Reinke in Appleton. He grew up on the family dairy farm near Appleton. He married Carol (Manley) Salyards at Sacred Heart Church in Murdock on January 18, 1975. They continued to work on a farm owned by John Cairins in Appleton until 1981 when they moved to a farm near Eagle Bend. About a year later, they relocated to the dairy farm in Villard, raising hogs and crop farming.
Loren also worked for about 10 years driving truck for Hensley Trucking of Osakis, after selling the dairy cattle. Loren continued to raise cattle and pigs on the farm, even venturing into horses several years ago with his special friend Pat.
Farming was not only a job for Loren but a life that he loved. He enjoyed old tractors and going to tractor pulls. He was a good mechanic and enjoyed working on engines and doing repairs. In 1977, he even participated in the American Ag Movement and drove a tractor from Appleton to the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Some of his other hobbies included dancing and listening to music, playing cards, four-wheeling and traveling. He was a doting grandpa to his grandchildren and will be missed dearly for his quick wit by his family and friends.
Loren is survived by his children, Troy Reinke of Villard, Judy Reinke of Osakis, James Reinke of Sauk Centre, Susan (Troy Garding) Pahan of Albany, Keith (Angie) Reinke of Alexandria; 11 grandchildren, Devin Hill, Morrigan Reinke, Toshia, Dalton, Tyus and Milton Reinke, Merissa Marthaler, Kaileigh and Mallory Pahan, Carter and Grace Reinke; great-granddaughter, Aaliyah Marie; sister, Myra Hirst of Granite Falls; and his special friend, Patricia Jensen of Villard (formerly of Garrison, South Dakota).
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Carol, in 2006; sister, Lois Zahnow; and brother-in-law, Cliff Zahnow.
Funeral services will be held Friday, September 13 at 2 p.m. at Osakis Lutheran Church in Osakis with the Rev. Don Reisig officiating. Readings will be done by his daughter, Judy, with a special hymn sung by his granddaughter, Mallory Pahan. Organist is Pat Converse. Interment is at West Evergreen Cemetery in Osakis with honorary bearers being his grandchildren and great-granddaughter. Active bearers are Leon Daniels Sr., Greg Vaughn, Louis Rodriquez, Mike Heiser, Erick Sletto and Tom Burquest.
No thank you cards will be sent.
Memorials are preferred to Glacial Ridge Home Care and Hospice in Glenwood.
Arrangements are with Roy-Hetland Funeral Home in Osakis.