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Reinheart Elmer Zirbel

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Zirbel, Reinheart Elmer Reinheart E. Zirbel, 95, died in Wauwatosa, WI on May 11, 2018. Born in Wausau WI, to Dr. Elmer and Isabel (Green) Zirbel where he grew up much influenced by the fascination of the 20's and 30's with aviation; building model airplanes and engaging successfully in many model competitions. Skiing also became an integral part of his life as he took full advantage of the then new facilities at Rib Hill in Wausau. He graduated from Wausau High School in 1941 after which he attended the University of Wisconsin Madison until interrupted by his military service in World War II. After training, he was assigned to the 486th Bomb Group of the Army Air Force stationed at Sudbury, East Anglica in England. After a tour of 28 combat missions, as a radar command navigator/bombardier over Germany, receiving 5 Air Medals and 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses, he returned to the University to graduate in 1948 from the Engineering School. He was employed by Monarch Iron Range Co. in Beaver Dam, WI, then by Parker Pen in Janesville, after which he founded Zirbel Precision Engineering, which later included Camtrol, Inc. and he operated from 1960-1996. In 1949, he was united in marriage with Mary Arbuthnot in Janesville where they reared their family of seven children. He was the navigator/facilitator for the family's many camping trips; the faithful attender of countless concerts and recitals in which his children were involved; the man to go to when a child's project needed support or fixing; the family's own ski instructor; the teacher of "the right way to do things"; and a grandpa with many stories. He was a member of St. Paul's Ev Lutheran Church. Survivors included: Deceased son Peter's family: Cathy Reed, Jackson and Connor Zirbel John (Margaret Morse) Zirbel, Anna and Katie Zirbel Gretchen (Jeff Beischel) Zirbel, Jamie and Mary Kate Mitchell Martha (Rob O'Neil) Zirbel Alexa (Michael Krausse) Zirbel, Benjamin, Clara, and Raphael Krausse Frances (Jay) Foley, Quinn, Evan and Glenn Foley David (Shirley ) Zirbel And his brother Lowell (Ruth) Zirbel In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Peter, his infant grandson Morgan Patrick Foley, his sister, Rosemary Buell, and his parents-in-law Irene and George Arbuthnot. A memorial service will be held at St. Paul's Ev Lutheran Church, Janesville, June 18th at 11:00AM, Pastor Daniel Decker, officiating. Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Ev School scholarship fund.
Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on June 13, 2018
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