Richard F Reinke, founder of Reinke Manufacturing Co Inc, a Deshler NE-based producer of over-the-road trailer/chassis equipment, died Feb 27, 2003, after a long illness. He was 80.
Born June 16, 1922, Reinke grew up on the 480-acre family farm in Byron NE. Despite an eighth-grade education, he became a self-taught engineer and draftsman who spoke three languages. In 1985, Reinke developed a division of the company specializing in manufacturing over-the-road trailer/chassis equipment.
Reinke is survived by Edna, his wife of more than 55 years, five adult children, and 16 grandchildren.
The Reinke family will select a memorial at a later date. Please send condolences to Reinke Manufacturing, Attention: Brenda Mesloh, PO Box 566, Deshler NE 68340.