Reginald Vinkemeier, 98

Reginald Vinkemeier, 98

Reginald H. Rex Vinkemeier, age 98, of Watertown, passed away Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at the Elim Home in Watertown, Minn.
Funeral Service held Monday, May 26, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Watertown Township, Watertown with Rev. Bill Kirmsse officiating; visitation one hour prior to the service at the church; interment at St. Peters Lutheran Cemetery.
Reginald was born on May 3, 1916 in Benton Twp., Carver County, Minn., the son of Edward and Clara (Harms) Vinkemeier. Reginald was baptized on June 6, 1916 at Zion Lutheran Church Benton Twp., rural Cologne, by Rev. Herman AmEnd and confirmed on April 2, 1930 at Zion Lutheran Church Benton Twp. rural Cologne by Rev. Herman AmEnd. On Nov. 10, 1937 Reginald was united in marriage to Verda M. Hilk at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia by Rev. Wm Schneider.
Rex was a perfectionist when it came to taking care of the farm, keeping everything in tip top shape. He constructed the first house that they lived in. Rex and Verda were married for 74 blessed years enjoying every day spent together. He liked dancing, gardening, and painting. Rex held various offices at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Watertown and was on the Township Board for a number of years.
Rex is preceded in death by his wife Verda Vinkemeier; son Roger Vinkemeier; parents Edward and Clara Vinkemeier; brothers Hartmod, Edward, and Lloyd Vinkemeier.
Reginald is survived by his loving family; children Dianne and Alan Maas of Walker, Luann and John Peterson of Lakeville, Mary Ann and David Heldt of Watertown, Reggie and Liz Vinkemeier of Watertown; daughter-in-law Marlys Vinkemeier of Watertown; grandchildren Christine and Lee Winkelman, Tim and Roz Peterson, Debra and Aaron Lerner, Mike and Tao Peterson, Robin Peterson, Michelle and Adam De Vries, Todd and Dana Heldt, Jodene and Steve Penegor, Nathan and Tricia Heldt, Sara and David Frankson, Meg and Chris Wood, Anna and Jarett Berg; great-grandchildren, Kayla, Hunter, Zachary, Max, Teddy, Grant, Gwendalyn, Meghan, Matthew, Alexus, Logan, Lyndsey, Lucas, William, Carly, Henry, Brayden; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Casket Bearers Mike Peterson, Todd Heldt, Nathan Heldt, Adam De Vries, Lee Winkelman, Chris Wood.
Arrangements with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, MN; www.johnsonfh.com.

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