Cletus Arthur Reincke

April 7, 1932March 28, 2021

Cletus Arthur Reincke, 88, passed into eternal life on March 28, 2021, at the Pickering House in Lancaster, Ohio. Clete was born on April 7, 1932, to the late Delmar C. and Iva (White) Reincke in Postville, Iowa. He joined the US Army after high school and served during the Korean War. Clete married the love of his life, Leola “Mardelle” (Frazier) Reincke on April 10, 1953. For several years he owned and operated his own Upholstery Business in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In 1965, Clete moved his wife and three children to southern California. He was employed by Sears & Roebuck and quickly became their top salesman in the furniture department and stayed at the top for 25 years. He was a hard worker and a very constant and steadfast man. He retired in 1990 and he and Mardelle moved to Lancaster, Ohio to be closer to family. He loved his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren with all his heart. He will always be known as the patriarch of his family for generations to come. His hobbies included reading, hunting, bowling, playing cards, and baseball. Cletus was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Betty, and several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, and 3 children. Debra (Eric) Wig and Sherry (Jim) Morris, both of Lancaster and Steven (Nancy) of Goodyear, AZ. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Clete was known for his gentle spirit, his generous heart, and his loving-kindness. Dignity Cremation has taken place by Halteman-Fett & Dyer Funeral Home. No services are planned at this time. The family of Cletus wants to thank all the staff at Mt. Carmel East and the Pickering House for all their care and kindness during his last week here on earth.


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Jeff Dickerson

March 29, 2021

Clete was a gentle man with a big heart. I knew him as the father of my friend, Steve. I knew he was a good dad: he was always around, always sharing his wisdom with us kids; hanging with us at baseball games and YMCA "Indian Guides" campouts. I remember him and Mardelle as fully invested in their family and fully welcoming to those whom their kids befriended. They were great neighbors and well loved in our Southern California community where we lived. Clete touched many lives with his gentleness on one hand, and his inner strength on the other. He left a tremendous impression on all who knew him. Godspeed, sir! (The photo shows Steve and his dad (Clete) on the left and me and my dad (Milt) on the right at a YMCA campout)