MUSCATINE, Iowa - - Elmer Thomas Reichert, 99, of Muscatine died Saturday May 21, 2005 in his home. Born March 8, 1906, the youngest male child of Clara Proctor Reichert and Karl Reichert, Elmer was the last surviving of eleven siblings. Reichert was a man of exceptional character and a life long resident of Muscatine. He was a valued and active member of the community throughout his life.
Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2005, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Dr. Hal Green of the Wesley United Methodist Church will officiate. Casket bearers will be Ryan Brookhart, Nathan Reichert, Richard Dingler, Doug Dingler, Kevin Reichert, William Smith, Charles Smith and Edward Smith. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, 2005, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Bloomington Grange.
Reichert was a dedicated husband who loved his wife of 60 years, Mabel Josephine Smith Reichert, who preceded him in death by five years. He was a loving father and is survived by a daughter, Louise Reichert Dingler, a son, Elmer Karl Reichert and daughter-in-law Linda Eis-Reichert; grandchildren Melissa Reichert-Brookhart, Nathan Reichert, Richard Dingler, and Douglas Dingler; grandchildren-in-law Ryan Brookhart, Rebecca Reichert, and Bradi Dingler; and great grandchildren Simon and Spencer Reichert and Olivia Brookhart.
Reichert was chief superintendent for Tunnacliff Construction until 1950 when he founded Reichert Construction Company. His company built many projects in eastern Iowa and western Illinois to include: Wesley United Methodist Church Sunday School and Chapel Addition, First Christian Church, Warehouse Market, the Downtown Drug building in Muscatine, and schools in Iowa City and Davenport. In 1967, with his son, Reichert formed ElKar Contractors. ElKar Contractors designed and developed numerous housing additions, the largest of which was Heritage Heights Addition in Muscatine, as well as many other construction projects throughout Muscatine. ElKar constructed almost 300 houses in the Muscatine area. Elmer officially left the construction industry in 1979 after 44 years as a building professional but would never admit to retiring. Elmer was regarded as one of the most professional and ethical builders in the area, receiving numerous awards and recognition for his building expertise and excellence.
Elmer was an active civic minded member of Muscatine's community. Through his life he served as an active member in numerous community and civic organizations including: Wesley United Methodist Church, Salvation Army Board of Directors, the Bloomington Township Grange, Muscatine Elks Club, Farm Bureau, and he was one of the original shareholders of the Muscatine Development Corporation and the Muscatine County Home Builders Association. Elmer was actively involved in politics his entire life helping elect his son Karl to the Muscatine City Council in 1967 and his grandson Nathan Reichert to the Iowa State house in 2004.
Additionally, he was devoted to his family, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Elmer lived in the home, which he built, on Tipton Road. He was credited with being an exceptional gardener, raising magnificent and beautiful flower and vegetable gardens. Even in his last years, Elmer could be seen riding his mower as he cut his grass and rode down Tipton Road to visit his family. A world traveler, Elmer and his family visited all of the continental US and North America and had traveled abroad extensively in Europe and South America.
MUSCATINE, Iowa -- Annette M. Orr-Reichert, 68, Muscatine, died Saturday, March 27, 2004, at the Genesis Medical Center - West Campus, Davenport, after a brief illness.
Memorial services are 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 30, at the Geo. M. Wittich-Lewis Funeral Home, 2907 Mulberry Ave. The Rev. Arturo Carranza will officiate. Honorary casket bearers are Daniel Orr, Joe Orr, Kevin Chick, Michael Reichert, Mitchell Reichert, Bruce Reichert, Steve Orr, Larry Orr, Dennis Chick and Frank Kelly. Burial will be at Indian Creek Cemetery, rural Columbus Junction.
Visitation is 4-7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Bloomington Friends Church or Cottage Grove Senior Apartments.
Mrs. Orr-Reichert was born March 21, 1936, in Muscatine, the daughter of William Clarence and Marie Margaret Ryan Hinkley. She married Daniel Wayne Orr July 3, 1951. He preceded her in death July 16, 1985. She later married Richard D. Reichert. He preceded her in death April 10, 2001.
She was employed at the Beach Lumber Company for 14 years as a bookkeeper.
She was a member of the Women of the Moose and the Pearl City Sam's Camping Club. She dearly enjoyed spending time with her close and dear friends at the Cottage Grove Community Center.
Survivors include two sons, Steven Orr and wife, Miriam, of Wapello and Larry Orr and wife, Cathy, of Nichols; three daughters, Diane Orr-Kelly and husband, Frank, Cheryl Chick and husband, Dennis, and Barbara Orr, all of Muscatine; four stepsons, Richard Reichert Jr., David Reichert and wife, Gwen, Danny Reichert and wife, Shelly, and Alan Reichert, all of Muscatine; three stepdaughters, Cathy Reichert, Karen Haney and husband, Marc, and Nancy Briles and husband, Scott, all of Muscatine; 15 grandchildren; 21 step-grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and 16 step-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; a sister, Helen Burnett; and a brother, Walter Hinkley.
MUSCATINE, Iowa -- Richard D. Reichert Sr., 73, of Muscatine, died Tuesday, April 10, 2001, at Genesis Medical Center in Davenport.
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, April 12, 2001, at the Geo. M. Wittich-Lewis Funeral Home in Muscatine. The Rev. Art Carranza will officiate. Burial will be at the Klein Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home and one hour before the service on Thursday. Memorials may be made to the Bloomington Muscatine Friends Church.
Mr. Reichert was born on May 5, 1927, the son of Oliver A. and Wilma F. Fischer Reichert in Muscatine. He married Elaine F. Reed on Sept. 26, 1948. She died March 12, 1985. He then married Annette M. Orr on Aug. 9, 1986, in Muscatine.
He was a member of the Bloomington Friends Church, Farm Bureau, Moose Lodge, Pearl City Sam's Camping Club, Grange Club and the American Legion.
He farmed most of his life. He worked at the Rock Island Arsenal for 30 years as a sheet metal fabricator.
He served his country from 1945 to 1946 as a Navy First Class Seaman.
Survivors include his wife, Annette of Muscatine; four sons, Richard Reichert Jr., David Reichert, both Muscatine, Danny Reichert, of Letts and Alan Reichert, of Grandview; three daughters, Cathy Reichert, Karen Haney and Nancy Briles, all of Muscatine; two stepsons, Steven Orr and Larry Orr, both of Muscatine; three stepdaughters, Diane Orr-Kelly, Fort Smith, Ark, Cheryl Chick and Barbara Orr, both of Muscatine; 24 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 15 step grandchildren and nine step great-grandchildren; seven sisters, Vera Webb, Loretta Drawbaugh, and Pauline Webb, all of Muscatine, Jean Thorpe of Casper, Wyo., Patricia Blake and Sandra Van Winkle, both of Bettendorf; Gertrude Brown of Columbus Junction; four brothers, Jackie Reichert, Paul Reichert and Jerry Reichert, all of Muscatine, Ronnie Reichert of Marengo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, one sister and two brothers.
CASPER, Wyo. - Jean Corrine Reichert Thorpe, 83, Muscatine native and longtime resident of Casper, Wyo., died Friday, Jan. 12, 2007, in Casper. The Rev. Beverly Webb of Hillsdale United Methodist Church, Hillsdale, Wyo., will officiate the service.
Cremation has already taken place and a private family burial will be held at a later time. Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Association or to the charity of your choice.
Mrs. Thorpe was born on Nov. 18, 1923, in Muscatine, the daughter of Wilma and Oliver Reichert. She worked at the Muscatine Button Factory and, after moving to Wyoming, was a cook at numerous ranches and several business over the years. She was married to Rocky J. Thorpe for over 50 years.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church for over 80 years and was very active in the community in 4H. She was a lifetime member of VFW Post #9439 auxiliary. She held the office of poppy chairperson and other positions. As poppy chairperson, she was instrumental in making poppy displays and won first place at the national convention. She worked on dinners, banquets and helped auxiliary members.
She is survived by her five children, Thomas C. Thorpe and wife, Carolyn, of Deer Park, Wash., Rex L. Thorpe and wife, Jane, of Brighten, Colo., Roxie M. (Thorpe) Kissler and husband, Ron, of Casper, Wyo., Rainey N. (Thorpe ) Auen and husband, Jeff, of Casper, Wyo. and the Reverend Beverly J. Webb of Cheyenne, Wyo.; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; 10 brothers and sisters, Vera Webb, Gertrude Brown, Loretta Drawbaugh, Pauline Webb, Patricia Blake, Ronald Reichert, Jackie Reichert, Sandra Van Winkle, Paul Reichert and Jerry Reichert; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rocky J. Thorpe; five babies; three great-grandchildren; her father, Oliver Reichert; her mother, Wilma (Fisher) Reichert; one sister, Donna; three brothers, Oliver Jr. 'Buddy', Robert and Richard.