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Alver J. Reiman 1922-2007

Nov 27, 2007

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ayrshire.

Burial is in Calvary Cemetery, Ayrshire, with military rites by the Leonard-Wilson American Legion Post #137.

Visitation is after 9 a.m, Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Joyce Funeral Home in Emmetsburg. The family will be present from 4 to 8 p.m. A parish vigil service will be held at 7 p.m.

On Friday, Nov. 23, 2007, Alver J. Reiman passed away at Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg after a courageous battle with a bone marrow disease. He was 85.

Alver “Al” Joseph Reiman was born April 18, 1922, in Lake City, the son of Edward and Christine (Bellinghausen) Reiman. He attended St. Augustine School in Halbur. Following his education, Al served in the U.S. Army during World War II where he served in Japan as a Staff Sergeant.

Al was united in marriage to Margaret Wernimont on May 23, 1950, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Auburn.

Al began his working life as a butcher for Wernimont Meat Packing. He worked mostly in agricultural related fields. Al was a custom crop sprayer for 25 years, and he worked in sales for Vigortone Ag Products from 1969 to 1998. Al and Margaret farmed crops and had a cow-calf operation for over 57 years. The couple lived in Auburn, Carroll and Lidderdale before coming to Ayrshire in 1954. They farmed in several places in the Ayrshire area before moving to town in 1990. 

Al was very involved with supporting 4-H cattle projects. He enjoyed horses, baseball, gardening and antique tractor rides. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ayrshire, Father Ahlers Knights of Columbus Council #3140 of Laurens, Leonard-Wilson American Legion Post #173, Iowa Cattleman's Association and American Saler Association.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Margaret of Ayrshire; three children, Robert of Ruthven, Lois Stafford (Dan) of Pawnee Rock, KS and Gary (Lisa) of Ayrshire; four brothers: Raymond Reiman (Geri) of Greenfield, WI, Orville Reiman (Marge) of Lake View, Vern Reiman (Elayne) of Carroll, and Roy Reiman (Bobbi) of Greendale, WI; seven grandchildren;  four great-grandchildren; and two aunts, Aggie Reiman of Carroll and Helen Behrens of Halbur.

Mr. Reiman was preceded in death by four infant children, Joseph, Jane, Karen and Kenneth; and two grandsons, Joseph Stafford and Ryan Reiman.

Condolences online at www.joycefuneralhomes.com