FOND DU LAC
Michael ‘Mike’ Guy Reinemann
Oct. 7, 1954 — July 14, 2015
Michael “Mike” Guy Reinemann was born October 7, 1954, and when asked where he was born, Mike would patently reply, “the Territory of Alaska, Elmendorf Air Force base.” And that he learned to walk before he could crawl because his first winter was such a cold one. On July 14, 2015, he found his peace and entered into eternal life, joining not only his Maker but his adored mother Joyce (Schumann) Reinemann, who preceded him in death.
He is survived by his father, Glenn Reinemann of Dousman, who was his “best man”; his brother, Mark (Debra) Reinemann of Waynesville, Ohio; his sister, Julie (Steve) Milligan of Green River, Wyo.; and his brother, Carl (Pam) Reinemann of Jefferson. He was in a loving relationship with his lifelong friend, Lori Baril, of Fond du Lac. At the time of his death, he had made his home with her and her sons, Travis and Isaiah, with whom he was especially close, and Lori’s three grand-daughters, Bella, Lillian and Mazzy, who referred to him as “Papa Mike.” Their house was well guarded and initiated into the world of life with dog hair by his dogs, Sky and Shadow, who had claimed Mike as their “Human of Choice.”
His extended family includes his former wife, Debbie Reinemann of Manitowoc; his step-son, Scott (Aimee) Willems of Mischicot, and their two daughters; step-daughter Shelley Willems Diedrick of Milwaukee; former wife Judith Reinemann of Dousman, and her dog, Jasper Newton Daniels (Jack Daniels for short), both of whom loved him dearly; aunts Joan Reinemann of Sheboygan, Judy Vreeke of Sheboygan and Karen Reinemann of Mequon; nephew, Scott (Christine) Reinemann and niece, Tiffany (John) Dewitt, all of Columbus, Ohio; nephew, Dan (Kendle) Milligan of Laremie, Wyo.; nephew Tom Milligan of Colorado and nephew Airman Jacob Reinemann of Arkansas. In addition, he is survived by a great-niece, two great-nephews and three god children. Mike embraced his role as stepfather, father figure and uncle with love and acceptance. Mike’s caring heart embraced almost all he knew as family. He will be greatly missed.
Mike spent most of his younger life living in Xenia, Ohio, and started his working life in the foundry where his father, Glenn, was vice president at Morris Bean & Company. He quickly determined foundry life was not for him, so at the age of 21, he moved to Oostburg, where he quickly became known as a “Jack of all Trades,” literally, as steeple jacking was one of his acquired talents.
Predictably, two of his last career positions included his father and his brother Carl who he trusted without question. Mike was a family man from beginning to end. At the time of his death, Mike was the sole owner of Reinemann Construction and was considered a master craftsman of cabinetry and millwork of all types and a respected builder and remodeler of homes.
In his free time, he could most often be found with a fishing pole in one hand and a cigar in the other. Fish feared him, or so he said. His favorite place in the world was Trout Lake, in Vilas County, where he enjoyed all outdoor sports, most often with family and friends. Of course, there were many solo trips with any one of his many canine companions.
Mike was never without a dog; his record being a pack of five. He truly believed dogs were man’s best friend.
Although a seat in his boat will be empty here on earth, God will have the best fishing buddy anyone could hope for. Save some fish for us, Mike.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to help cover funeral expenses.
Please make checks payable to Glenn Reinemann, c/o Carl Reinemann.
A memorial service will begin with a visitation at 2:00 PM today, July 18, at Highview Evangelical Presbyterian Church, S50-W33042 Town Road GE, Dousman, WI 53118. Cremation has taken place.
Uecker-Witt Funeral Home, 920-922-5110, is serving the family. Additional information and guestbook may be found at www.ueckerwitt.com