Clair Reiling

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Clair Edward Reiling was born March 21, 1913 at Port Byron, Ill. the son of Henry and Lydia Ashdown Reiling. His elementary school years were spent at Coe Township School and he graduated with the Hillsdale High School class of 1931. On Sept. 4, 1940, Clair was united in marriage to Ruth Louise Hines at Aledo, Ill. To this union were born four children: Larry, Kaye, Calvin, and Randy. The family farmed near Port Byron until 1950 when they moved to a farm near Aledo. In 1955 they moved to a farm north of Winthrop. In 1976, they retired from farming, and moved into Winthrop. Ruth entered into her eternal rest on Nov. 9, 1984. On Oct. 5, 1985, Clair married Lorraine Peck at the Church of Christ United in Winthrop. They enjoyed their retirement years, living in Winthrop and wintering in Texas, until Lorraine died Oct. 3, 2003. Two years later in 2004, Clair moved to Oak View Retirement Community. Clair Reiling entered into his eternal rest Sept. 14, 2010, at the Buchanan County Health Center in Independence, at the age of 97. Preceding him in death were his parents; his two wives; two brothers: Harold and Vernon; and his two sisters: Lyla Carter and Birdie Johnson. Survivors include his three sons: Larry (Dorothy) Reiling of Hawkeye; Calvin (Carolyn) Reiling of Lisbon; and Randy (Latha) Reiling of Winthrop; his daughter, Kaye (Jon) Downer of Lamont; his stepchildren: Glen (Marilyn) Peck of Winthrop; and Connie (Buzz) Oliphant of Rowley; twelve grandchildren: Bryan (Julie) Reiling of Lincoln, Neb.; Brenda Reiling of Springfield, Ill.; Lisa (Keith) Douglas of Kasson, Minn.; Greg (Katy) Downer of Lamont; Steve (Heather) Reiling of Aurora; Jill (Alan) Paul of Ankeny; Mark (Katie) Reiling of Cedar Rapids; Mike (Malissa) Reiling of Lisbon; Kevin Reiling of Cedar Rapids; Jeremy (Holly) Reiling of Winthrop; Jenni (J.D.) Meyers of Humboldt; and Kelsey (fiancé, Ryan Burke) Reiling of Winthrop; 15 great-grandchildren: Laura, Colton, Jacob, Hailey, Nolan, Jonah, Henry, and Claire Reiling; Lauren and Erica Paul; Jack and Ava Grace Meyers; and Austin, Dakotah, and Carter Downer; and many other relatives and special friends. Funeral services were Friday at the Grace United Methodist Church in Lamont. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery at Winthrop. A memorial fund has been established. The Fawcett Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Winthrop assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Sept. 16 to Sept. 19, 2010