Russell Reininger

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Russell L. Reininger
9/9/1916 - 5/5/2013
Russell Lavern Reininger, 96, of Nampa, Idaho, died May 5, 2013 at the Trinity Mission Health and Rehab of Holly in Nampa of natural causes.
Russell was born September 9, 1916 in Oakwood, Oklahoma to Frank Reininger and Nora Lena Miller. The eldest child in the family, he was preceded in death by brothers Hershell Lee (Red) Reininger and Kenneth Joe Reininger, and sister Ardis Pauline Shroll. His youngest sister, Violet Christine Fitting lives in Bothell, Washington.
Russell married Lucille Francis (Ceese) Eoff in 1943 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Together they had four children, Max Lavern Reininger (Rathdrum, ID), Bruce D Reininger (Enterprise, OR), Anita Lee (Russell) (Decatur, AR), and Cindy Brooke (Maril) (Wyoming, OH). Russ and Ceese were divorced in 1967.
Russell married Harriett Preas Clements February 5, 1970 in Reno, Nevada. Harriett had two children from a previous marriage, Lynda Rose Clements (Prescott, AZ), and William Robert Clements (North Bend, WA). Russ and Harriett lived in the Boise and Nampa Idaho area until the early 1980's when they began "snowbirding" to Phoenix, AZ where they eventually lived full-time until Harriett's death in August of 2006.
In high school Russell was active in singing, baseball, basketball and the school band where he played the tuba. After two years of high school he had to drop out and joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC's) to help his family financially. He and his family moved to Idaho in 1938 to find work and he worked at farm labor until 1940 when he moved to Blythe, California to work for the U.S. Gypsum Company at Midland, California.
Russell was inducted into the army in August, 1942 and served with the 215th Signal Depot Company where he was responsible for handling wartime communication equipment and general supplies. His unit was awarded five Battle Stars, one for each of the major battles they were engaged in, which included Omaha Beach on D-Day and The Battle of the Bulge.
Russell returned to Idaho after WW II to start a family and began working as Supply Officer at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Boise. He retired from the VA after 24 years of service.
Russell was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening but what he loved most was riding "Ol' Duke" down a steep, narrow trail in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho or the rolling foothills of Boise.
A viewing will take place at Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel in Nampa, Friday May 10, 2013 from 10 - 11 a.m and a graveside service to follow at Kohlerlawn Cemetery. A special thank you is extended to Dr. Michael Dee and Darlene Reininger of Nampa for their compassionate care, and also to the nursing staff at Trinity Mission of Holly.

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on May 8, 2013