REISINGER, F. W. 1869-1914
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 5/15/2015 at 17:57:44
Former Co. Attorney And Mayor Dead
F. W. Reisinger Answers Last Call Friday Morning
Funeral Was Held Sunday
F. W. Reisinger died at his home in this city at two o'clock Friday morning. For several weeks his death was expected at any hour and the family were prepared for the end when it came. Mr. Reisinger had suffered a number of strokes of paralysis during the past 5 years. He recovered from each stroke and though it incapacitated him physically he kept on with his work until a short time before the end came. Funeral services conducted by Rev. Dilman Smith were held at the home Sunday afternoon and they were very largely attended. Interment was made in Clarke's cemetery. The following obituary was read at the funeral service.
Frank Wesley Reisinger was born at Cascade, Iowa, on September 21, 1869, and departed this life at Grundy Center, Iowa, on May 15th, 1914, aged 44 years, 7 months and 24 days.
On September 27th, 1909, he was united in marriage with Ada May Clark of Grundy Center, who with the daughter Marlys, aged 7 years and two brothers, Glenn of Estherville, Iowa, and Harry of Winnipeg, Canada, survive to mourn his loss.
In early childhood he took up his residence near LaPorte, Ia., and there he grew to manhood. He graduated from the high school at LaPorte in 1887, and after teaching in the public schools for a year entered Cornell College in the Fall of 1888, from which institution he graduated in 1893. During his college course he decided upon law as a profession, and upon graduation he entered the law school of North Western University from which he graduated in 1895. In the same year he came to Grundy Center, and established himself in his profession. In 1900 he was elected County Attorney of Grundy county, and was re-elected in 1902 and 1904.
He was twice elected Mayor of Grundy Center, retiring from office in March of the present year.
In early life he united with the Presbyterian church at LaPorte and later joined himself with the Methodist Episcopal church at Grundy Center.
He was a member of the Knights of Pythias Lodge, and held practically every position of honor within the gift of the local lodge.
Wesley Reisinger was a man of splendid intellectual attainments. He gained high honors in scholarship during his college course and represented his college in oratorical and forensic combats. He possessed an exceptionally keen analytical mind, was a tireless worker and uncompromising in his stand, for principle and business integrity. He possessed high personal and professional ideals, and his success as a lawyer was the embodiment of these ideas. No higher tribute can be paid him as a lawyer, and as a man than to use the words of a former law partner who says,
"Wesley was always on the square. He always advocated settlement where settlement could be made without sacrifice of principle. His constant effort with his clients was to avoid litigation, and to induce them to settle on the basis of what was right, as between man and man rather than upon a basis of what the technicalities of the law might dictate. In his dealings with men he was actuated by the desire to serve their interests, rather than by any motive of professional gain."
In his departure his profession loses an able representative, the community an exemplary citizen, and the home a loving and devoted husband and father.
It was within the circles of home and the close friendships of life that his true worth and real character were best known and most fully revealed, unselfish in devotion to duty, genial in nature, indomitable in will when the hand of affliction was laid heavily upon his, he remained undaunted and unafraid to the end.
The following relatives and friends from out of town were present at the funeral. Mr. Glen Reisinger from Estherville, Iowa, Mrs. W. H. H. Clark from Spencer, Ia., Mrs. F. Bronson from Algona, Ia., Prof. J. E. Stout from Mt. Vernon, Iowa, Attorney J. Porter from Webster City, Iowa, Mrs. M. L. Newton from Waterloo, Iowa, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Slippy from Waterloo, Iowa, and Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Wilson, Waterloo, Ia.
--The Grundy Democrat (Grundy Center, Iowa), 21 May 1914, pg 1
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