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Alvin W. Reinke, age 79, of Darwin died on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, September 20, 2019 at the St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Litchfield. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Ripley Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by the Litchfield Military Honor Guard.
Alvin William Reinke, the son of Alfred and Wilma (Haag) Reinke, was born on May 16, 1940, in Litchfield. He grew up in the Grove City area and graduated from Grove City High School in 1958. He worked for a few years at Litchfield Produce before enlisting in the National Guard. He also served in the US Army for a short time before returning to the National Guard. Alvin lived in rural Darwin and worked as a supervisor at Jennie - O in Litchfield for 25 years before transferring to the Willmar facility and working another 25 years. On December 12, 1994, he was united in marriage to Minda Roblas at the St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Litchfield. Alvin was a talented carpenter and built three homes. He was an active member of St. Paul’s where he taught Sunday school for 25 years and served as superintendent for 4 years. They also attended St. Peter’s Lutheran Church for twelve years before switching back to St. Paul’s. Alvin was a member of the Litchfield Military Honor Guard. He enjoyed fishing, traveling, gardening, landscaping and spending time with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife Minda Reinke of Darwin, brother Richard (Kathy) Reinke of Dassel, sister Alvina Kotila of Litchfield, nieces and nephews, Donald Kotila, Jr., Douglas Kotila, Dwane Kotila, Dwight Kotila, Brian Reinke, Brad Reinke, Char Konietzko, Carol Hanson, Christina Hinz and Brandon Reinke. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law Donald Kotila, Sr.