Harry Eugene Reimer, Jr., Whitewater, WI/formerly Fort Atkinson, WI (1931-2014)
March 19, 1931 - January 23, 2014
Harry Eugene Reimer, Jr., 82, of Whitewater, formerly of Fort Atkinson, died on Jan. 23, 2014, at the Rainbow Hospice Inpatient Center in Johnson Creek, WI. Harry was born in Beloit, on March 19, 1931, the son of Harry E. and Martha S. (Schwengels) Reimer. He graduated from Beloit High School in 1948, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1949, then served in the Far East Air Force during the Korean War. He served as a flight engineer on C-47 cargo planes, transporting supplies and personnel between Okinawa, Japan, and Korea. In 1952, he was discharged as a Staff Sgt. On May 23, 1953, Harry married Suzanne I. Fleck at St. Paul’s parsonage in Fort Atkinson.
Harry worked as a carpenter for Pitzner Construction from 1953 until 1976, then after a career change, as a district representative for Aid Association for Lutherans until his retirement in 1994. He loved to drive coast to coast to see the sights and visit family and friends. He was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), Warbirds of America, and the American Legion. As a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fort Atkinson, he was very active with the church’s ministry and facilities expansion and upkeep. He was also an enthusiastic supporter of the Time of Grace outreach ministry and loved to share the gospel message of eternal salvation through Christ crucified.
Harry was preceded in death by his wife, Suzanne, in 2005. Surviving are his son, Jeffrey (Annita) Reimer of Fond du Lac; a daughter, Dawn (Dennis) Shilts of Fort Atkinson; six grandchildren: T.J. and Jesse Shilts of Fort Atkinson, Rachel (Kyle) Larson of Green Bay, Tim (Brooke) Reimer of Australia, Emily (Craig) Marx of Watertown, and Rebecca (Casey) Tooke of Onalaska; two great grandsons, Caleb and Drew Larson; a brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Judy Reimer of The Villages, FL; and nephews, nieces, cousins, and uncles.
Visitation will be held Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, from 3 until 5 p.m. at NITARDY FUNERAL HOME in Fort Atkinson, WI, and after 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 at the CHURCH until the time of the services. The funeral service will be held on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at 11 a.m. at ST. PAUL’S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH in Fort Atkinson, with Rev. Paul Scharrer officiating. Committal service and burial will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery in Fort Atkinson.
Those wishing to express their sympathy may consider memorials to St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Time of Grace, or Rainbow Hospice Care.
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” John 11:25-26