Funeral services held for Rueben Reichert


Rueben Reichert, 83, Selby, died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Society of Selby.Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at the Akaska Community Center with Pastor Emmit Curtis and Pastor Eric Spain leading the service.

Burial followed at the Pilgrim Congregational Cemetery, Lowry, with military graveside rites by the Frederick Schauer American Legion Post No. 100, Selby. Ushers were Eric Stuwe and Jeff Beitelspacher. Organist was Dixie Marlette. The Lowry Men’s Quartet sang as did Lyle Perman.

Rueben Reichert, son of Bertha (Iszler) and Gottlieb Reichert, was born September 28, 1928, at New Leipzig, N.D. When Rueben was 8, his father died and Rueben was raised in and around New Leipzig. He went to school through eighth grade and then worked for uncles and other relatives in the area. Rueben served his country in the United States Army, being inducted Jan. 21, 1951. Following his honorable discharge on Dec. 24, 1952, he returned to North Dakota.

Rueben married Doris Scheerer in Carson, N.D., on April 5, 1953. He earned his GED and went on to North Dakota School of Science in Wahpeton, N.D., to study radio and TV repair, graduating in 1956.

Rueben and Doris settled in Hoven where he took a job with Klocker Furniture and eventually started his own business, Rueben’s Radio and Repair.

In 1964, the Reicherts moved to Selby where Rueben continued his business. In the mid-1970s, Rueben took a maintenance position at the Selby Good Samaritan Center. He retired in 1995. He lived in Selby the rest of his life. The last 15 months, Rueben lived at the Good Samaritan Society.

He was a member of the Lowry Pilgrim Community Church where he held various offices and sang in the choir. He also belonged to the Frederick Schauer American Legion Post No. 100, Selby, and Gideon’s International. He enjoyed woodworking and gardening, especially growing roses. The love of his grandchildren was very important to Rueben.

Rueben is survived by Doris, his wife of 58 years; three sons, Patrick (Chondra) Reichert of Sydney, Australia, Perry (Peggy) Reichert of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Paul (Kelly) Reichert of McKinney, Texas; one daughter, Pam Lindsey of Thomson, Ga.; two brothers, Herbert Reichert of Sturgis, and Albert Reichert of Billings, Mont.; one sister, Esther Pastian of Mott, N.D.; six grandchildren and four step great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Leo.

Honorary bearers were Rueben’s brothers and his fellow Gideons.

Casketbearers were Lynn Holzwarth of Mobridge, Scott Simons and Marvin Kindel of Selby, Tim Huber of Hoven, Lyle Perman of Lowry, and Wilson Bamesberger of Sioux Falls.

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Lien Funeral Home of Bowdle was in charge of arrangements.

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