Edward J. Reinmuth, age 89, Howard Lake, passed away Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at Cokato Manor in Cokato.
Edward was born March 25, 1927, in rural Howard Lake, at the home of his parents, Louis, Sr. and Florence (Stoll) Reinmuth.
A lifelong member of St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, he was baptized May 1, 1927, by the Rev. C.G. Seltz; and confirmed in his faith March 25, 1941, by the Rev. E.N. Seltz.
Edward and Rosalynde Nelson began their married life together Aug. 29, 1948. This marriage was blessed with two children.
They lived in Howard Lake, with Ed being employed by Bullert Construction of Glencoe.
He then began his career as the road maintenance and heavy equipment operator for Middleville Township. Over the years, he rebuilt and maintained the township roads, as well as clearing land for farmers to expand their fields. His skills and dedication benefitted the residents of the township.
For a time he also owned and operated the Howard Lake Laundromat.
Ed was active in his church and community. He served on various boards at St. James Lutheran Church and School, taught Sunday school, and sang in the church choir for many years.
In the community, Ed served on the Howard Lake Fire Department, as a scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts, and for many years, sang with the Litchfield Male Chorus.
Fishing and hunting were favorite activities, but most of all, Ed enjoyed spending time with his family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis, Sr. and Florence Reinmuth; and wife Rosalynde.
Edward is survived by his daughter, Diane (Paul) Kobernusz; son Ron Reinmuth; three grandsons, Jeffery (Dana) Kobernusz, Kelly (Raeanna) Kobernusz, and Terry Kobernusz (special friend Julie); nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Louis, Jr. (Phyllis) Reinmuth; sisters Donna (Harold) Renollet, and Mary Ann (Jerry) Linser; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.
The funeral service took place Saturday, July 30 at 11 a.m. at St. James Lutheran School in Howard Lake. The Rev. Mark Loder officiated, with Nancy Butterfass serving as the pianist. Special music was provided by the Litchfield Male Chorus. Interment was at the Howard Lake Cemetery.
There was a time of gathering Friday, July 29 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake, with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.; and continuing Saturday at the church one hour prior to the service.
Casket bearers were Jeffery Kobernusz, Kelly Kobernusz Terry Kobernusz, Debbie Kueche, Joni McDowel, and Robert Linser.
Honorary bearers were Ed’s great-grandchildren: Ashley, Zach, Emma, Elizabeth, Noah, Micah, Gadise, Jonah, and Riley.
Arrangements were with the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake; www.swansonpeterson.com.