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Eugene Reicks

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Eugene C. ‘Butch’ Reicks age 87 of Lawler died Saturday, January 7, 2012, at Cedar Health in Charles City. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 13, 2012 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Lawler with Rev. Nick March celebrating the Mass. Interment will be in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Pallbearers are grandsons Clinton Van Winkle, Nicholas Shill, Todd Van Winkle, Samuel Reicks, Logan Shill, Cory Reicks, Lance Halverson and Levi Halverson. Friends may greet the family 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, January 12, 2012, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Lawler. Visitation continues an hour prior to the Mass at the church on Friday. Eugene Clem Reicks was born October 26, 1924, on the Reicks family farm near St. Lucas, IA, the son of Victor and Mary (Heying) Reicks. Known as Butch throughout his life, Eugene attended St Luke’s Grade School to eighth grade. He worked with his father and mother, 10 brothers, and 3 sisters until he married his wife, Grace Huinker, on August 30, 1949 and bought one of the family farms near Lawler. Eugene made a living, and lived his life the way he learned on the family farm. Butch was a hard worker, but loved to play just as hard. He was never one to turn down a ball game, fishing trip, arm-wrestling competition or card game with his family and the many friends he made throughout his life. A continual jokester, he and Grace could often be found out and about at night while they worked to raise their own family of eight children during the day. Butch did not always do things the easy way, but made a good living for his family and sent all his children on into their own fulfilling lives. After 40 years on the farm, Butch and Grace retired to their home in Lawler for an easier life. Family and friends, his lifelong love of the Cubs, and following the Bears and Hawkeyes made for a full retirement. Eugene was always looking for a good trip, as he and Grace traveled all around the country and beyond, including his favorite trips to Alaska. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Grace Reicks; and children: Allen (Judy) Reicks of Pella, Eileen (Jerald) Nelson of Eau Claire, WI, Kathleen (Randall) VanWinkle of Farmington, IA, Duane (Penny) Reicks of Lawler, LeeAnn (Kevin) Hogan of Anchorage, Alaska, Mike (Jennie) Reicks of Lawler, Steve (Tammy) Reicks of Solon and daughter-in-law Sue Reicks of Cresco; twenty-one grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by seven brothers, Norbert (Virginia) Reicks, Alex Reicks, Francis (Lucille) Reicks, Ardwin (Edna) Reicks, all of Lawler, Don Reicks of Ft. Atkinson, Harry (Barb) Reicks of St. Lucas, Roy (Carolyn) Reicks of Missouri Valley, IA; two sisters, Marian (Norbert) Retterath, Elsie (Dan) Swehla, all of Spillville. He was preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Mary Reicks; one son, David Reicks; four brothers, Msgr. Leander Reicks, Jerome Reicks, Neal Reicks, infant Joseph Reicks; and one sister, Lucille Kruse.

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  1. Dear Grace, LeeAnn and families. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Butch lived a good life and the picture I will always carry of Butch is him laughing and joking – big laughs and much joy. And he leaves the wonderful legacy of his family – of family members who love and enjoy and value their time together. And I am thankful for the times when I was able to be a part of that as well. Love to you all–Shirley

  2. Dear Grace, LeeAnn and families. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Butch lived a good life and the picture I will always carry of Butch is him laughing and joking – big laughs and much joy. And he leaves the wonderful legacy of his family – of family mebers who love and enjoy and value their time together. And I am thankful for the times when I was able to be a part of that as well. Love to you all–Shirley

  3. Grace, Kathy, Dewey and all of the families: You have our deepest sympathy at the loss of Butch. May the wonderful memories carry you through these tough times and bring smiles to your face. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Dear Grace and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I have been thinking about you, and praying for you all week, especially today. I didn’t get to see Butch that often, but when I did, what fun! Good memories, for sure! Keep your memories close in your hearts, to help you through the more difficult times. May God embrace you and surround you with comfort and love. Hugs and Love, Susan

  5. Sending our sympathies to Grace and the family. You are all in our thoughts today, may today be one filled of many fond memories made with your husband/Dad/Grandpa. Eric and Jennessa (Reicks) Einwalter

  6. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Do not grieve because he has died, but smile because he lived.

  7. Dear Reicks family, Know that there are Alaskans thinking about you all. Butch leaves behind an amazing family that I know he took great pride in. We love you. Barb and Jacob too.

  8. Kathy and Randy and family We are so sorry to hear about your loss, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Stan and Anna

  9. Dear Leeann and family, I am so sorry to hear the sad news of your dad’s passing. It is a bleasing you were home and able to spend some time with him and your family. You are all in my heart and prayers. Love, Linda

  10. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this difficult time. We are glad we got to meet and spend some time with Butch…he was a very kind and fun loving person.

  11. I will always remember Butch. He always had a joke or a smart comment, which was always in jest. He was just someone who you always took with good humor. I am so glad that we got to see him and Grace last summer when we were home. He will definitely be missed by all those who new him. God Bless you all.

  12. LeeAnn and the entire Reicks family, i am so sorru to hear of Butch’s passing. I am so glad I got to visit with yor dad and mom in September of last year! Your dad still had me in tears from laughing so hard! He named all of his brothers and sisters and let us know that off all of them he was the best!! What a loving and joyful man to be around. I have countless memories that will always bring a smile to my face. My haert is with all of your family and your dad is surely entertaing those who have gone before us. Gid bless you all, love Gina jirak

  13. We were so sorry to hear about Uncle Butch. I have many good memories of him growing up, and our vacations in Minnesota. He was a fun guy, and I am sure you will miss him a lot. He is probably in heaven picking on someone, he was good at that. Unfortunately, Wayne & I will be gone during his wake and funeral, so please know that we are thinking of you all, and hope that you all are coping with this loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you Grace, and all your family!

  14. Butch had his long-standing joke that I was his ‘second-favorite’ relative~~(I’m guessing others got teased the same!) Of course, the answer to ‘who’s your FAVORITE?’ was a light-hearted ‘ALL THE REST!!!!’ … To my ‘second-favorite’ uncle-by-marriage, rest in peace my friend…I so enjoyed your joking and teasing; even when it was directed to me! God’s blessings to Grace and the family.

  15. So sorry to hear about the passing of Butch….. but know that he is in heaven with my Mom ~ Gert, his 1st cousin!…. laughing it up! Boy how I would like to see that! Just know that his laughter, humor, love, & heart lives on with each of his kids, grandkids & inlaws!!!! A beautiful person went to heaven to see Dave & Cindy! Love you all!!!

  16. Our thoughts and prayers to the Reicks family at this difficult time. Treasure your memories. God bless, Ron and Kris

  17. Dewey, Penny and the Reicks family…….So very sorry for your loss. He is at peace now and hopefully that will help comfort you during this difficult time. PLEASE call us if you need anything.


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