James (Jim) Reinig, 89, of Mesa, AZ, formerly of Garner, passed away the evening of Friday, August 25, 2017 in Mesa.
A memorial mass will be held 1:30 P.M., Saturday, September 2nd at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Garner. Inurnment will be in the church cemetery at a later date.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Cataldo Funeral Home of Garner is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Jim’s name to the Tanner Seebaum Foundation, 7732 S. Glencoe Ct, Centennial, CO 80122 for pediatric brain cancer research for his great granddaughter, Reese of Urbandale, Iowa. www.tannersfoundation.org
Jim was born to Clarence and Pauline (Yegge) Reinig on February 16, 1928 in Portsmouth, Iowa. At an early age, he moved with his family to Garner. Following graduation from Garner High School and his service in the U.S. Navy, Jim married Darlene Evelyn Bachman in Garner in 1951. Jim worked for the U.S. Postal Service and retired as the Garner Postmaster in 1992 after 42 years of government service. He and Darlene retired to Mesa, Arizona.
Jim was a writer, poet, and family historian using the pen name “Diamond Jim”. During his life Jim was very active in volunteer organizations including the Junior Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Garner Country Club, Knights of Columbus, St. Vincent DePaul, Baywood Banner Hospital, WW II Memorial in Fountain of the Sun, and bringing “The Greiman Ditching Machine” to the forefront of Garner’s history. Jim was proud to participate in the WW II Honor Flight that took the veterans to Washington D.C. and the historical war monuments.
Jim is survived by his wife of sixty-six years, Darlene; five children, Jay (Jacque), LuAnn (Dan) Lauters, JoAnn VonAhn, Charles and Becky (Craig) Cobb; twelve grandchildren, Missy Green, Jamie (Becky), Nick Reinig, Sarah (Frank) Oldham, Richard (Megan) Burk, Nick (Jamie) Lauters, Adam (Rachel) Buntenbach, Eric (Brandi) Buntenbach, Christopher (Jen) Cobb, Kate Cobb, Kim (Brett) Nielsen, Keaton (Morgan) Reinig; eighteen great grandchildren, Gavin and Kennedy Buntenbach, Becca, Regan and Peyton Green, Hayden Reinig, Delbert, Michael and Thomas Oldham, Kinlee and Reese Buntenbach, Sebastian and Aurora Nielsen, Kaleb, Cayleigh and Killian Cobb, Ellis Burk, and Olivia Lauters;; a sister, Rose Ann Stille; sisters-in-law, Mary Jo Reinig and Maxine Matherson; and brother-in-law, Roger (Ruthie) Bachman.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Russell, Lester, Donald and Kenneth Reinig; and sister, Darlene Brackey.
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