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Harry Reiner

June 17, 1932 — April 23, 2011

Harry N. Reiner, 78 of Sioux Falls, passed away on Saturday, April 23, 2011. Harry was born on June 17, 1932 at the Reiner homestead west of Hillsview, SD, the eldest son of Edwin F. and Caroline (Adam) Reiner. He attended Jackson Township School, Eureka High School and graduated from SDSU with a degree in journalism in 1957. He served in the Army Corps of Engineers in Korea during the Korean War and retired from the US Army Reserve as a Lt. Colonel. Harry was married to Jacquelyn M. Wenzel on August 12, 1956. Harry owned and managed Reedy Business Machines in Sioux Falls for over 20 years. He was the president of Nettleton College. As a journalist, Harry worked for Dakota Farmer, the Argus Leader, Sioux Valley News (Canton) and the Volga Tribune. He served on the board of the Volga Bank, was a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club, and was a member of both the El Riad Shrine and the Westerners in Sioux Falls. He served as state chairman of Young Republicans, president of SD Reserve Officers Association, chair of SD Military Veterans Affairs Committee and president of the first Sister Cities Association of Sioux Falls. One of the favorite events of his life was participating in the 1989 SD Centennial wagon train. He is survived by his 6 children, Kathryn (Kevin) Murphy of Phoenix Arizona, Karla (Jeff) Ball of Sioux Falls, Barry (Jodi) Reiner of Carrollton, Texas, Elizabeth (George) Arce of Sioux City, Iowa, Peter (Sheila) Reiner of Elk River, Minnesota, and Frederick (Nicol) Reiner of Sioux Falls; 16 grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and sister, Doris Frates of Sacramento, California. He is preceded in death by Jacquelyn, his parents, and brother, Donald W. Reiner. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Center for Western Studies at Augustana College or to the First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, SD.
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