L. James Reinke, 83|
L. James ďJimĒ Reinke, age 83, was called to his Heavenly home on
Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on Aug. 30, 1929, to the late Lloyd and Viola (nee Kocher)
Reinke in West Bend. Following high school, Jim served in the United
States Army. On Jan. 19, 1952, while on leave, Jim was united in
marriage to Mildred ďMillieĒ Ewert at St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran
Church in West Bend. Upon his return from the service, he worked for his
father at their family auto repair business. He later worked for Tom
Landvatter at Landvatter Radio and TV and eventually worked for the
Wisconsin Gas Company, retiring in 1993 as a senior instrument
Jimís faith was a very important part of his life and he was an active,
lifetime member of St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church in West Bend.
Jim was also a 50 year member of his card club, and in his free time he
enjoyed fishing, golfing, traveling and spending time up north.
Jim is survived by his wife, Millie; two children, Steve (Pam) Reinke of
West Bend and Christine Reinke of West Bend; three grandchildren, Jim
(Stephanie) Hana and Grace Reinke; an aunt, Naomi Bowman; nephew, John
(Sonja) Lawrence; niece, Jill (David) Lake; other relatives and many
He joins the celebration in Heaven with his parents, Lloyd and Viola
Reinke; his sister, Marlyn Lawrence; and his niece, Sally Jo Lawrence.
Funeral services in remembrance of Jim will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 6,
at 5 p.m. at St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church (809 S. Sixth Ave.,
West Bend). Visitation will be Tuesday at the church from 2-4:45 p.m.
Burial will be in Washington County Memorial Park on Wednesday, Aug. 7,
at 10 a.m.
Memorials to St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church are appreciated by
The family wishes to thank Dr. Gibson, Serenity Hospice, and the staff
of the Lighthouse in West Bend for the loving care extended to Jim and
Myrhum ~ Patten Funeral and Cremation Service of West Bend is assisting
the family. Online condolences may be expressed at