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 Richard Friedrich Reinke

Richard Friedrich Reinke

Thayer County, Nebraska, USA
Death 27 Feb 2003 (aged 80)
Deshler, Thayer County, Nebraska, USA
Burial Deshler, Thayer County, Nebraska, USA
Plot Block 155, Lot 4
Memorial ID 100118378 · View Source
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Deshler resident Richard Friedrich Reinke, 80, died
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2003, at Parkview Haven in Deshler.

Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Peter Lutheran
Church in Deshler with the Rev. Alexander Lissow officiating.

Burial will be in Deshler City Cemetery. Ahrendts Funeral
Home of Deshler is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Reinke was born June 16, 1922, to F. Henry and Minna
(Heider) Reinke near Byron.

He attended Lone Star Elementary School near Byron through
eighth grade.

As a young man, he worked as church organist, farmer and
for the Byron Lumber Yard. A self-taught engineer and draftsman, he began inventing in his father's workshop.

On June 22, 1947, he married Edna Pohlmann at St. John Lutheran Church near Byron. They lived on a farm
northeast of Byron.

In 1954, he started Reinke Manufacturing Co., which later moved west of Deshler. In 1956, he moved to Hebron to
pursue manufacturing full time. In 1960, he and
his family moved west of Deshler. He designed and
constructed many buildings, including Quonset and farm
buildings, furniture stores, banks, churches and houses.
He patented a bandage roller and a metal roof shingle used nationally. He holds more than 30 irrigation-related
patents and designed the world's first fully reversible, electric-gear-drive center pivot system, and patented the first V-jack truss design.
In 1976, he developed Reinke Shakes, an aluminum corrugat-
ed shingle. In 1985, he added other products, including a division specializing in the manufacture of over-the-road trailer/chassis equipment, to his business.

He was a member of the Abiding Word Lutheran Church,
the National Republican Party, the National Irrigation Association, the Chamber of Commerce, the International Platform Association, and the National Agri-Marketing Association.

He was an organist and Sunday School teacher. He was a
licensed pilot. He was honored by the Nebraska Hall of
Agricultural Achievement and the National Irrigation
Association for pioneering innovations to center pivot
irrigation. In 1989, he received the National Award for Agricultural Excellence. He served on the United Nations Board of Foreign Trade in the 1980s.

Survivors are his wife; three daughters, Patricia Schardt
of Deshler, Jennifer Reinke of Hebron and Sandra Wendell of
Axtell; two sons, Russell of Davenport and Robert of
Deshler; three brothers, Elmer and Werner, both of Davenport, and Martin of Hebron; 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by one sister and seven brothers.
Memorials may be given to
the family's choice.

Superior Express March 13, 2003.




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