Marlin Reynen, age 68, of Milbank, died peacefully Sunday, December 20, 2015, at St. William’s Care Center.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 28, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at Central United Methodist Church in Milbank with Rev. Dr. DeVern Schwenn officiating. Burial will follow in the Milbank City Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, December 27, at Mundwiler Funeral Home in Milbank and will continue for one hour prior to the time of service at the church on Monday.
Casket bearers will be Larry Bohn, Peter Steinke, Paul Butzin, Andrew Steltz, Thomas Steltz, and Dean Folk. Honorary bearers include all of Marlin’s family and friends.
Marlin Jack Reynen was born on June 25, 1947, in Milbank, SD, to Arthur “Bud” and Gladys (Darling) Reynen. He was baptized in the Methodist faith and lived his entire life in Milbank. Marlin graduated from the eighth grade at Crookston Agricultural School and later attended Milbank public school. Marlin worked for several farmers in the area but was primarily employed in the quarries, first by Cold Springs and then Dakota Granite, until ill health forced him into retirement.
Marlin was united in marriage with Diana Cramer and to this union, one daughter was born. The couple later divorced.
Marlin enjoyed being outdoors: hunting, fishing, riding motorcycles, four-wheeling, and sitting around the campfire visiting with friends and family. He liked collecting guns and watching wrestling with his good friend, Paul. Marlin took pleasure in cooking and grilling, making sure nobody ever left hungry. Most important to Marlin was spending time with his family and friends.
Marlin is survived by his daughter, Darci (Jason) Fraasch of Milbank, SD; four grandchildren: Andrew (Savannah Bielby) Steltz, Kayla Steltz, Thomas Steltz, Jaylynn Fraasch; one great-grandson, Peter Ray Steltz; brother, Rev. Donald (Evelyn) Reynen of Mitchell, SD; sisters: Donna (Bob) Thyne of Corona, SD; Betty (Leo) Folk of Milbank, SD; Joyce Folk of Milbank, SD; Barb (Larry) Bohn of Twin Brooks, SD; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Charlie Folk.
Marlin will long be remembered for his growly bear demeanor, but to each of us it was just a way of showing his love. We would just smile and take it in stride knowing his true soft hearted nature.