August 20, 2013


Harold Henry August Reinke, 94, died Sunday, Aug. 18, at Manning Plaza Nursing Home.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at Zion Lutheran Church in Manning, with the Rev. Jonathan Conner presiding. Casket bearers will be Harold's grandchildren, and honorary casket bearers will be his great-grandchildren. Burial with military honors by American Legion Post and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be at Manning Cemetery in Manning. Music at the service will be "I Know That My Redeemer Lives," "Amazing Grace" and "How Great Thou Art" with Car;us Stribe accompanying the congregation.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at Ohde Funeral Home in Manning.

Harold Henry August, son of Reinhard and Wilhelmina "Minnie" (Stumpe) Reinke, was born Nov. 25, 1918, in Manning, Iowa. He grew up and attended school in Manning. After completing his education, Harold started working at Harry Diamond's Metal and Scrap Company and also helped Dr. O.W. Wyatt.

On Jan. 23, 1941, Harold married Elaine Petersen at the Zion Lutheran Church Parsonage in Manning. In 1943 Harold was drafted into the U.S. Army and served six months until his medical discharge later that year. Harold and Elaine and their family eventually made their home in the house on Blaine Street that Harold's grandparents purchased when they came to America. After returning from the service, Harold worked at Priebe and Sons Hatchery for a number of years; drove a bulldozer for Jack Boeck for a short time and with seven other men worked at Swanson's Packing Plant in Omaha, Neb. He quit Swanson's in 1947 and worked for Clark Salvage before he started his own salvage business. Harold operated his business for over 50 years, never really retiring. Local folks always knew they could call Harold if they had scrap metal they needed to be rid of. Elaine rode with Harold on many trips to the salvage yard after their family was grown.

Harold was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Manning and the American Legion. He loved fishing and his hobbies. Many remember him as a great storyteller. He raised all kinds of animals including raccoons, mink and goats. When he could no longer live at home he became a resident of Manning Plaza. He loved being there, being the center of attention, playing bingo and participating in happy hour. He was an active Plaza resident. His family greatly appreciated the wonderful care he received at the Plaza.

Harold is survived by his wife Elaine Reinke of Manning; nine children: Roger Reinke of Arvada, Colo.; Mary Segebart (Dale) of Denison; Vergene Wallace (Tom) of Waterloo, Neb.; Karen Riesselman (Dave) of Lake View; Helen Avitt (Darrel) of Ankeny; Duane Reinke (Judy) of Ankeny; Donna Campbell (Allen) of Pueblo West, Colo.; Dale "Ernie" Reinke (Karen) of Manning; and Diane Reinke-Kendrick (Greg) of Mitchelville; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter-in-law Ruth Reinke and brother Elmer Reinke.