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Rev. Harry R. Reiners, 91, Berne, passed away Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at Swiss Village, where he was a resident.
He was born in St. Paul, Minn., June 18, 1922, to Raymond and Audrey (Jauss) Reiners in St. Paul, Minn. He married the late Elizabeth "Beth" Oesau June 1, 1949.
Harry was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He possessed a brilliant mind and was a passionate, lifelong learner. Harry was an avid sports fan with golf, football and basketball being of special interest. He played the guard position and was captain of the football team in college. Harry was voted "most handsome man on campus" while in seminary school. He graduated from Mission House College and Seminary in Plymouth, Wis.
He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the U. S. Army from 1943-1945, during the European Theater. Harry was a sergeant and enjoyed running half tracks. He considered the war "my great adventure." As a minister he served in churches in the following cities: Jackson, Wis., Eitzen, Minn., Bloomington, Minn., Poland, and Berne. Upon retiring from the ministry he was employed with the U.S. Postal Service in Fort Wayne for 18 years. In the construction of the new Cross Church in 1963 he helped design the stained glass windows. Harry will be missed, but remembered fondly by many.
Survivors include his children Michael Reiners, Amy West and Maria (Tony) Anderson, all of of Berne and Dr.Andrew Reiners of Indianapolis; and five grandchildren, James and David West and Dylon and Alyssa Anderson, all of Berne and Erika Luster of Canton, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by a son, Paul Reiners; a daughter, Ann Elizabeth Reiners; and a grandson, Tyson Anderson.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Swiss Village Chapel with Pastor Timothy Price officiating.
Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the time of services at the village.
Burial is in the M.R.E. Cemetery, Berne.
Preferred memorials are the Swiss Village Samaritan Fund and/or Cross United Church of Christ.
Online condolences may be made at www.yagerkirchhofer.com.