Leonard L. Reineke
Leonard L. Reineke, age 76 of Marshfield, died on Monday, September 3, 2018 at the House of the Dove. A memorial service for Leonard will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, 1208 West 14th. Street, Marshfield, at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 8, 2018 with Reverend Daryn Bahn officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the church on Saturday.
Len was born in Butler Wisconsin on May 27, 1942 to Lester and Merle (Hall) Reineke. He graduated from Augusta high school and then attended the University Wisconsin Eau Claire and graduated in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology. After graduation, he moved with his family to Marshfield to work as a Medical Technologist at the Marshfield Clinic where he worked for the next 32 years. During his time at the clinic he went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in Healthcare Management and an MBA in Finance. Over the years, he held positions as a Lab supervisor in Special Chemistry and Assistant Administrator of Marshfield Laboratories, eventually retiring as Assistant Director – Marshfield Operations. He also taught finance courses at Marshfield Technical College and served on a number of community boards including the Marshfield Medical Center Credit Union. He was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church also served on the Church Council.
On May 16, 1964 he was united in marriage with Alayne Steinke at Grace Lutheran Church in Augusta Wisconsin. Alayne was his loving and supportive wife of more than 54 years, but she was also the one who “kept him in line” at times which is why he loved her so dearly. Len was a man of many activities and varied talents, which made him such an interesting and likeable person. He was thoughtful and bright but also enjoyed some crazy times with friends. He was loved by many and was as comfortable in a suit as an administrator at the Marshfield Clinic as he was in camouflage with his hunting crew or in jeans hanging with the boys in Vegas. He was an avid outdoorsman and spent much of his free time hunting, fishing, trapping and just about any other outdoor activity. As an active member of the Central Wisconsin Sportsmen’s Club, he participated in many club activities and volunteered many hours of his time to the club. He was also an avid gardener and maintained a beautiful garden each year. He was continuously researching and experimenting with the newest recipe for canning his vegetables or preparing the meat he had harvested. He was an amazing role model to both his children and grandchildren in terms of his values of hard work, responsibility, education, faith and family.
Len is survived by his wife and their children Mike (Wisty), Scott (Jenny) and Kris (Doug). He is also survived by his grandchildren – Justin, Chelsea, Zachary, Michael, Sara, and Megan. He was so proud of them all. He is further survived by five brothers and two sisters. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, and one brother and a sister.
In lieu of flowers, the family will designate a memorial at a later date.
The family would like to give a special thanks to the oncology staff at Marshfield Clinic and the staff at House of the Dove.