William G. Reineking, 87
Winnebago – William “Slim” George Reineking, age 87, of Winnebago, passed away on Sept. 19, 2018 after a brief illness. Funeral service was held Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 at the River of Life Worship Center in Blue Earth. Interment followed in Center Creek Cemetery, rural Granada. Spencer-Owen Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements. www.SpencerOwen.com
He was born Aug. 31, 1931, in Winnebago. The son of William and Helen (Lux) Reineking. He resided in the Winnebago area for most of his life.
Slim graduated from Huntley High school in 1949 and the University of Minnesota in 1951. Slim was a US Army Korean war veteran stationed in Germany. He married Diana Lee Grant on Aug. 31, 1956 and they made their home in Winnebago, where they farmed for many years. He also worked at Helland Lumber Company in Huntley and Royer’s Plumbing and Heating in Winnebago. He was a Sergeant at Arms, and a Past Commander for the Winnebago Legion Post as well as a caretaker of the Veterans Memorial. Slim had a passion for bowling and was the secretary for the league for over 40 years. He donated over 13 gallons of blood to the American Red Cross, something he was honored to do until his cancer diagnosis prevented him from continuing. He was an avid nature lover and loved to deer hunt. As a past member of the sportsman’s club, he worked at many Smelt feeds and corn feeds. 30 years ago, his father-in-law passed on to him, the caretaker role over three area cemeteries. Slim could be found every Wednesday sitting on the same stool at Shooters Bar in Winnebago, surround by his “family” of BINGO players where he had many lucky wins.
Slim is survived by his wife, Diana, of Blue Earth; children, William (Jan) Reineking, of Winnebago, Julie (Royce) Abel, of Granada, Timothy Reineking, of St. Paul and Larre Reineking, of Winnebago; nine grandchildren, Andy (Kendra) Reineking, Cathy Perrizo, Betsy (Ben) Perrizo, Stacy (Steve) Perrizo, Joseph (Lissia) Perrizo, Mitch (Paige) Perrizo, Jaydan Perrizo; Justin (Cindy) Reineking and Mallory Hernandez; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Lou Enderson, of Tracy; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother; brother, John (Lorene); brother-in-law, Howard Enderson; nephew, Mark Enderson; many aunts, uncles and other relatives.