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R.Dean Rienfeld

Monday, May 21, 2007

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R. Dean Rienfeld
R. Dean Rienfeld, 71, of Cherokee, died Wednesday, May 16, 2007 in the Cherokee Regional Medical Center, following a lengthy battle with cancer.

Services held Monday, May 21, 2007 at 11 a.m. at the Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee. Rev. Armand Bertrand officiated. Burial was in the Hartley Cemetery in Hartley. Greenwood Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

R. Dean Rienfeld was born June 18, 1935 in Dickens, Iowa, to Alfred and Mildred (Lenhart) Rienfeld.

Dean's family moved to the Pine River area in 1940, where Dean attended grade school and two years of high school. In 1953, Dean's family moved to Cherokee, where Dean graduated from Washington High School in 1955.

Dean entered the U.S. Army in 1956, taking his basic training at Fort Hood, Texas and his Medical Corps training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He took his Medical Specialist Course at Army Medical School and Letterman Army Hospital in San Francisco.

Dean spent May 1957 to March 1960 in Germany at Army Medical Service, Medical Detachment, 98th General Hospital, Neubrucke/ Nahe, Germany. He was assigned to outpatient and emergency service. Dean received a certificate of achievement for exceptional service, outstanding skill and aptitude while on duty.

After Dean was discharged from the U.S. Army in March of 1960, he returned to Cherokee and worked at the Cherokee Mental Health Institute as a surgical technician in the operating room.

Dean began employment with Wilson Foods Inc. when the company opened in Cherokee in 1965.and worked as a powerhouse engineer until his retirement on April 1, 1999. He also attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake while he worked for Wilson's. After Dean's retirement he worked for Perkins Office Solutions and as a Security Guard at Tyson's in Cherokee.

On November 15, 1975 he married Dorothy (Nagel) Neville in Sioux Falls, S.D. They made their home at 705 Aspen in Cherokee for many years.

Dean was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Dean was also a lifetime member of the V.F.W. He was a past officer of Local 179 United Food and Commercial Workers Union. He was also a member of the safety committee at Wilson foods Inc. for 15 years. Dean was a member of the Little Sioux Spoke Folks bicycle Club of Cherokee and participated in many RAGBRAI rides.

Dean was a Minnesota Vikings football fan. He enjoyed traveling, and ventured to Europe, East and West Coasts, Hawaii, and Canada. Dean was a Little League coach for several years.

Survivors include his wife; Dorothy; two step-daughters, Dorothy Hecht, and her husband, Lee, of Rochester, Minn.; Dawn Killmer, of Bella Vista, Ark.; six step-grandchildren, Tod, Scott, Paul and Nicole Hecht; Chantel and Regan Killmer; A godson, Zacheriah Smith, of Sonoma, Calif.; a name sake great nephew, Kyle Dean Rienfeld, of Flandreau, S.D.; a sister, Bonnie Siltman, of Littlefork, Minn.; a brother, Vernon Rienfeld, of Mesa, Ariz.; brother-in-law, Claire Rokusek, of Omaha; a sister-in-law, Betty Rienfeld, of Sonoma, Calif.; nine nieces and nephews.

Dean in death are his parents, brothers (Wilbur Rienfeld, in 1991 and Myrl Rienfeld, in 1996), a sister ( Vinaray Rokusek, in 1998) a brother in law (Glen Siltman, in 2002), a step-daughter, (Vicki Lynn Neville, in 1975)