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Richard Leo "Dick" Reinesch 1939-1969


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 1/20/2012 at 01:46:40

Two Estherville Men are Killed in Truck Accident
A single-vehicle accident near Pecos, Tex., Tuesday claimed the lives of two Estherville men.

Richard Leo Reinesch and Clarence Junior Nelson, both 29, were killed when the pickup truck in which they were riding collided with a bridge abutment about 30 mile west of Pecos on Texas Highway 80. The accident occurred about 11:30 a.m.

The truck, owned by Reinesch, struck the bridge abutment on the right side of the road as the vehicle was traveling east, according to the Texas Highway Patrol. Reinesch was found near the vehicle’s steering wheel and nelson was found outside the vehicle, where he had been thrown by the impact. It was not immediately known who was driving at the time.

The men had left Estherville Friday for Juarez, Mexico, where they were to have some auto seats re-upholstered. The seats were for a car that Reinesch was rebuilding. The men were believed returning home at the time of the accident.

Richard Reinesch was born Nov. 26, 1939 [Per cemetery records, November 25, 1939] to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Reinesch at Estherville. He attended Emmet Consolidated School until the ninth grade. He enrolled in Estherville High School as a sophomore and graduated in 1957.

Shortly after graduation, he entered the U.S. Army and served for three years. Following his discharge, he worked in the Dallas, Tex., area.

On March 24, 1962, he married Leila Johnson of Estherville, at Dallas. Following their marriage they returned to Estherville, where they resided until the present. Reinesch lived with his family on a farm northeast of Estherville.

In addition to his parents, Reinesch is survived by his wife; one daughter, Nathalie, 4 ½; and two brothers, Chris and Tom, both of Estherville. He is also survived by three sisters, Mrs. Gary (Ann) Hood; Mrs. Dennis (Susan) Van De Walle, Estherville; and Sheryl, Sioux City.

He is also survived by his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Anna Leo, Estherville and paternal grandmother, Mrs. Chris (Susan) Reinesch, White Lake, S.D.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Emil Leo, Estherville, and paternal grandfather, Chris Reinesch, White Lake, S.D. (Estherville Daily News, Estherville, IA, January 22, 1969)


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