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Roger Reicks

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Roger N. Reicks, age 61 of Lawler, IA died Sunday August 21, 2016 at St. Mary’s Hospitals in Rochester, MN. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 25, 2016, at Holy Family Parish, New Hampton with Msgr. Carl Schmitt, Rev. Brian Dellaert and Rev. Kyle Digmann con-celebrating the Mass. Ann Bennett will be the organist accompanying Mike Carlin as vocalist. Presenting the offertory gifts will be Roger's grandchildren. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Little Turkey with Scott Adams, Ron Hayek, Louie Smith, Dale Reicks, Jim Reicks, Mike Reicks, Rick Huber, Rick Heying and Carl Decker as pallbearers. Friends may greet the family 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 24, 2016, in the Gathering Space at Holy Family Parish. Visitation continues an hour prior to the Mass in the Gathering Space. Arrangements are with Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home in New Hampton. Roger Norbert Reicks was born February 18, 1955, in New Hampton, IA, the son of Alex and Luella (Huinker) Reicks. He attended Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School in Lawler and was a 1973 graduate of Turkey Valley High School. He then furthered his education at Iowa State studying agriculture. On February 4, 1978, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Protivin, he married Diane Lensing. To this union four children were born. The couple settled on their farm near Jerico, IA. Farming was not only an occupation but a passion. Farm work was not considered work by Roger, he not only made work fun, he wasn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. He enjoyed tractor pulls, following the Iowa State Cyclones and Sunday drives with Diane. More than anything in this world, Roger loved his family, especially spending time with his grandchildren. Survivors include his wife Diane; his children, Brian (Tonya) Reicks of Lawler, Paula (Casey) Ryan of St. Paul, NE, Barry (Amanda) Reicks of Lawler and Austin (Katelyn) Reicks of Lawler; his grandchildren, Tyler, Gracie, Grady, Reed, Etta, Lucas, Jaila and Amelia; his father, Alex Reicks of Lawler; two sisters, Marla (Mark Mills) Reicks of Ham lake, MN and Melany Reicks of Little Canada, MN; five brothers, Ronald (Julie) Reicks, Richard Reicks, Ralph (Missy) Reicks, Rene (Cynthia) Reicks and Rory Reicks, all of Lawler; many nieces and nephews; his father and mother-in-law, Donald and Norma Lensing of Protivin; two brothers-in-law, Dave (Kathy) Lensing of Waukon, IA and Mike and Theresa Lensing of Protivin; one sister-in-law, Mary (Rich) Dreckman of Waukon. He was preceded in death by his mother, Luella and one brother, Randy Reicks.

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  1. Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Services created a video in memory of Roger Norbert Reicks

  2. My dear family. Sorry about your loss. When the enemy death strikes, the sting of death can be very painful, and can leave us with emotions that are hard to understand. Know that when you pour out your heart to God (Psalms 83:18) in prayer, He will give you His Peace that surpasses all understanding to guard your thinking and your heart. May the family stay together during this difficult times.

  3. Diane, very sorry for your loss! Thinking of you and your family. I had a wonderful visit with Roger at our class reunion. Such a nice man! Praying for you! Gail Stammeyer

  4. Diane and families, I am so sorry for your loss. Heaven’s gates gained a beautiful angel. May he be at rest. My deepest sympathies. Doug and Pam Sachs (Vrba)

  5. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Diane and your family during this very difficult time. With our deepest sympathy, Dan & Cathy Shatek

  6. Diane and family very sorry to hear of your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you and family at this hard time. Jason and Tori reicherts

  7. Diane, family and extended Reicks families, My prayer are with you and my heart is sadden for you. Roger was a special person. We grew in faith together at Little Turkey Church as Roger was in my grade in school and in my CCD class. He could see the good in everyone and that is truly a gift for all generations. After high school we both went to ISU and it was great to see a familiar smiling face on campus. Being over three hours away from Little Turkey you would never think your parents would know what went on at ISU but one time when I was talking to my parents they asked me if I been doing any Chinese Fire Drills lately. So I thought how do they know. Found out on Sunday after Church my Mother asked Roger if he saw me lately on campus he said I was her last Saturday doings Chinese Fire Drills on Lincoln way with a group. I gave Roger a hard time about that but we had a good laugh over it. I moved to Kentucky after college and lost track of many of my classmates but at one Class reunion Roger I had a good talk about the joys of owning your own business and he shared with me his love for the farm. He said it was hard work but be loved working with the land and having his family around him every day. What blessing when your work is fun. One special guy, how bless I was to known him. He now farming in heaven. With sympathies my thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless, Judy Schmitt

  8. Diane – so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the whole family at this difficult time. Ann (Shatek) Kuboushek

  9. Diane and family – We are so sorry for your loss. We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. With sympathy, Marvin and Mary (Wiest) Mihm Class of 1973

  10. Josh Reicks and family, Joel Reicks and family purchased the Beautiful in Blue for the family of Roger Norbert Reicks.

  11. Diane and family we are so very sorry to here of the loss of Roger. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Steve and Deb Pesek

  12. My heart goes out to you all! Roger so touch our hearts and many others, he will be so missed! My thoughts and prayers to you all! Love Dawn Katz

  13. Deepest sympathies for Diane, Brian, Paula, Barry, and Austin. Your husband and dad was a great, great man. A loving man. Although we both grew up in the same community I really didn’t know Roger very well until about 30 years ago. I rode in the same car with Roger on a fishing trip to Canada. Plenty of time to talk and to get to know one another. It was obvious Roger loved his family and farming. I will miss Roger.

  14. He was a very wonderful friend to talk with about things and family May God bless you all at this time.

  15. Diane, Brian, Paula, Barry, and Austin, I am so very sorry at the loss of Roger. He was a great man. Every time I saw him, he was always so kind and easy to talk to! He always made me laugh with the stories of trouble he and Dad got into. I will cherish those memories and pray for all of you in the long road ahead. Many hugs! Kelly (Smith) Rudd

  16. We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the whole Reicks family. Jim and Kris Shatek

  17. Our sincere sympathy to all the family. May our Lord help you all at this difficult time. Jack and Betty Gorman

  18. Dear Diane and Family, We are so very sorry. Roger was such a kind and gentle person. I visited with him a the Little Turkey church picnic. As we walked toward the church we both agreed that we loved coming to this picnic every year. We had both worked at this event our childhood years and had good memories. Little Turkey holds a special place in many of our hearts and where Roger will be laid to rest. I really got a chance to know Roger when in his senior year he took football and would always pick me up for cheerleading practice on his way to school. That was 44 years ago! Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

  19. Oh Diane & the Reicks families, I am so sorry for your loss. Proof we should never take a single day for granted. My prayers are with you all.

  20. A wonderful memory I have of Roger was on June 25, 2016 at Grandpa Alex’s 90th birthday party. Jason, baby Haven of only a few months old (born 4/11/16) and I were sitting in the church waiting for the group family picture to be taken. Roger made a point to come over to talk and meet Haven for the first time. While they interacted, Roger had her smiling. God knew that it was important for them to meet that day. Jason and I will always have that memory and we thank Roger for making Haven feel so special. May he rest in peace. Prayers to all. Love, Jenny Reicks (wife of Jason Reicks)

  21. Diane and family and extended Reicks families, Our deepest sympathies during this time of grieve. Our own memories of times spent with all of you in years past just keep flooding back. So many card games, so many softball games.. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Theresa & Steve Hurd Adam Shileny Kristi (Shileny), Joe and Addilyn Line Julie (Shileny) & Kyle Rosbeck Daniel Shileny

  22. Our sympathy to everyone in Rogers family for your loss . May God comfort you at this difficult time

  23. Our deepest sympathy to Roger’s family and all the Reicks families. Mary Burns and Dale Christensen A limb has fallen from the family tree. I keep hearing a voice that says, ‘Grieve not for me. Remember the best times, the laughter, the song. The good life I lived while I was strong. Continue my heritage, I’m counting on you. Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through. My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest. Remembering all, how I truly was blessed. Continue traditions, no matter how small. Go on with your life, don’t worry about falls I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin. Until the day comes we’re together again. Author Unknown

  24. Nick and I send our deepest sympathy and prayers to all of the Reicks family. Roger was very kind and we always enjoyed talking with him over they years. Nick and Kendra Leibold

  25. my earliest memories of Roger & Diane were of them stopping in the bar in Jerico when mom owned it. Always the nicest people. Truly sorry to hear of Roger’s passing. Praying for peace to the family during this very difficult time.

  26. Although we have known Roger and Diane for many years, our paths crossed a lot more often once our daughter, Amanda married their son, Barry six years ago. Roger was a wonderful grandpa to his eight grandchildren and loved involving them in the family farming operation. The kids especially enjoyed seeing Grandpa’s goats. He could always be counted on to help in a pinch picking kids up from where ever they were and keeping them occupied, sometimes in the most comical ways. We did the usual things together as in-laws – family events, birthday parties, etc. But the birth of our shared granddaughter Amelia really cemented a bond that only a crisis can bring. During the many close calls of those early days, Roger always expressed such a positive attitude about Amelia. I will always remember the little pink rosary he and Diane got at the chapel and tucked in Amelia’s hand. So many of our prayers were answered. And after spending 35 days holed up in an 6′ x 10′ ICU family room together, you really become family. Roger’s generation of Reickses was raised as a bunch of Do-it-Your Selfers when it came to construction. This summer he brought his concreting know-how to Barry and Amanda’s to put in a patio and sidewalks. I stopped by that Saturday and Roger was busy spearheading the project and it was really neat to see three generations working together and seeing him put to work the youngest generation so that they learned the skill. If only I had brought my camera that day. Roger was in his glory! Roger’s faith was important to him and he didn’t shy away from talking about it. Our daughter, Sarah got married in 2009 just a few days before my mother passed away. At the wedding dance, Roger and I had a good conversation out on the dance floor. He told me about the last days he spent with his mother before she passed years before. He said that he spent time singing hymns to her. He told me to make sure we did this with my mother too. I will always thank him for this advice because singing as a family to my mother is a very special memory that we made on my mom’s last day. And Roger loved his Cyclones. One of my favorite Roger Reicks’ quotes came on March 14, 2015 when the Iowa State men’s BB team was playing in the Big 12 Championship vs Kansas. We were celebrating Barry’s 30th birthday that night and had the game on at our house. The Cyclones had a streak of come from behind wins going but that night when they were down by 17 points, most of us weren’t feeling very confident. At the end of the game the Cyclones finally had a one possession lead and most of us found it to be a real nail-biter. But not Roger – he kept saying calmly over the last minutes, ‘We’re right where we want to be.’ And he was right as ISU pulled off the victory. I thought about his quote this past week as Roger was battling in Rochester. I hoped that he had a similar come-from-behind victory planned for himself. It certainly doesn’t feel like we got the win this time. But when getting better is not in the plan, we have to look to our faith to see the victory: The strife is o’er, the battle done: the victory of life is won! It is our prayer that Roger is enjoying eternal life along with his mother, Luella, his brother Randy, and all of the others that have gone before him. Our deepest sympathy to Diane, Brian, Paula, Barry, Austin and their families. Verna & Jack

  27. What a beautiful tribute to Roger, Verna. Thank you. Roger was kind to me growing up and through high school. I hadn’t seen him since then until last year at the Huber anniversary party, and he picked up right where he left off all those years ago..interested in what I might have to say. Godspeed Roger. Peace to you Diane and all of Roger’s family. Jackie McKone

  28. Dear Rene, Rick, and the rest of the Reicks family, We are so deeply sorry to hear of your loss. We are keeping you all in our many thoughts and prayers. May the fond memories you share help to comfort you through this very difficult time. ~Dean and Judy Knoll

  29. Stephen And Shelley Stalder So Sorry! lit a candle in memory of Roger Norbert Reicks

  30. Sorry to hear about Roger’s passing! He was one of the first that welcomed us when we moved from California! He was an all around awsome guy! May he rest in peace and memories comfort the family at this difficult time.

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