Farming Rural 13

James “Jim” F. Reisch

August 12, 1928 ~ October 12, 2020 (age 92)

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James “Jim” F. Reisch, 92, of Whiting, Iowa passed away Monday, October 12, 2020.

A Rosary will be 3:30 P.M. followed by the funeral mass at 4:00 P.M. Friday, October 16, 2020 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Salix, Iowa with Father Michael Erpelding, Celebrant officiating. (Social distancing measures must be followed-Due to Covid-19 restrictions- Please bring and wear masks.) Burial will follow in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Salix, Iowa with Military Honors by the United States Army and the George Nelson American Legion Post #662 of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Family Care Service, Onawa, Iowa.

James F. Reisch was born August 12, 1928 in Le Mars, Iowa the son of Nicholas “Nick” and Catherine “Rose” (Bohlke) Reisch. He grew up on a farm in the Salix, Iowa area and was taught boxing by his father, and boxed in many rings as a Golden Glove Boxer during his younger years. He graduated from St. Joseph Catholic School in 1946.

Jim served in the United States Army from June 21, 1946 until his honorable discharge on June 20, 1949, and he ended up serving in the Panama Canal region. His most memorable story during that time was being selected to play ball on the Army team that worked out against the Dodgers who were down in Panama for spring training. Even got to eat at the training table with Jackie Robinson.

Jim and Lela Simpson were united in marriage on April 22, 1950 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Salix, Iowa. Four daughters were born to this union, Gayleen, Kathy, Denise, and Mary.

He was a true farmer, to the fullest extent, who loved to plant and watch his crops grow. Jim was a man of great character who loved all of his family. His smile and storytelling ability made those in his life proud of his accomplishments. He and Lee put many miles on their car attending his children and grandchildren’s sporting events. Jim also liked golfing, achieving a hole-in-one at Avoca, Iowa. He enjoyed restoring a Model T and two International Harvester H and M Tractors.

Jim was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church. He was President of the Sloan & Salix Elevator Coop Boards working to get railroad transportation to both towns. He was a proud lifetime member of the American Legion. He will be missed terribly by his wife and family.

Survivors include his loving wife of seventy years, Lela Reisch of Whiting, Iowa; [daughter, Gayleen Reisch of Whiting, Iowa and son, James Bieschke and his children, Marisa, Wyatt, Elias, and Lila Bieschke, and daughter, Kristen Kern and her child, Madina Mrkonjic]; [daughter, Kathy Stahmer of Coralville, Iowa and daughter, Carly (Peter) Lamp, and son, Jon Stahmer]; [daughter, Denise (Mark) Clark of Durant, Iowa and daughter, Rachel (John) Fellman and children, Zara and Zane Fellman, son Zach (Melissa) Streeter and children, Layla, Ava, and Jax Streeter, step son, Aaron Clark, step daughter, Fallon (Erik) Dickes and children, Luke and Justin, daughter, Kayla (Dusty) Wilkie and children, Charlotte, Isla, and Lucy Wilkie, and daughter, Leah (Kyle) Hoffmann]; [daughter, Mary (Joe) Lander of Whiting, Iowa and son Josh (Mandy) Lander and children, Lexi, JJ, Chase, and Evan Lander]; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Nicholas “Nick” and Catherine Rose (Bohlke) Reisch; sister, Faye (Ray) Monjon; two brothers, Jerry (June) Reisch and Bob (Jean) Reisch; two sons-in-law, Mike Streeter and Mel Stahmer; and grandchildren, Amy and Jake Lander.

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Recitation of the Rosary
October 16, 2020

3:30 PM
St. Joseph Catholic Church in Salix (Iowa)

Funeral Mass
October 16, 2020

4:00 PM
St. Joseph Catholic Church in Salix (Iowa)

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