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Information for Marion Franklin Reineke

5 August 1897 - 14 April 1971

From The Idaho Press-Tribune

April 1971
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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Marion Reineke

Funeral services for Marion F. Reineke, 89, of Melba, who died on Thursday, Jan. 10, 1991, at a Nampa hospital from natural causes, will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14, 1991, at the Community Baptist Church in Melba with Russ Steiner, pastor of the church, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Melba Cemetery.  Services are under the direction of the Alsip Funeral Chapel.
    Marion F. Reineke was born on March 5, 1901, in Henryetta, Indian Territory (Oklahoma) to Henry and Emma C. Reineke.  In 1906, Marion moved with his family to Sheridan, Wyo., where his brother Raymond was born.  The family returned to Oklahoma and moved to Nampa in 1909.
    The Reineke family established the first homestead claim in the Melba Valley and Emma Reineke, Marion and Ray resided on the property as required for "proving up" while Henry worked in Nampa.
    In September of 1920, Mary F. Lovely came from Montana to teach at the Glendale school.  She was immediately nicknamed "Bobbie" and they were married on June 19, 1922, in Livingston, Mont.  The couple made their home in the Melba area and in 1963, the pioneering spirit again took hold and a desert claim near Bruneau was developed. They lived at Bruneau from 1966 to 1978.
    Marion, a life-time farmer, was actively engaged in the first harvest of crops in the valley, operating a horse-drawn binder at the age of 14.  Mechanics were also a special interest and he attended a mechanics school in Los Angeles for about six months.  He operated a horse-drawn combine, the first of its kind in the valley, and custom combining with newer models of machinery was a major activity for years.  The loves of his life were his family and the country.
    Survivors include his wife, Mary "Bobbie" Reineke; a daughter, Mary Luana Capps; a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Janice Reineke; a daughter-in-law, Jean Reineke, all of Melba; grandchildren and spouses, Marion "Butch" and Barbara Webster, Nampa, John and Michelle Ring, North Highlands, Calif., Robin Reineke, Portland, Ore., Reid and Mary Reineke, Camarillo, Calif. ad Rod and Teri Reineke, Issaquah, Wash.; six great-grandchildren, Jodi and John Webster, Andrea and Lisa Ring and Ayn and John Reineke; and a niece, Ramona Reineke, Reno, Nev.
    He was preceded in death by a son, Charles H. Reineke, a brother, Raymond, and two grandsons, Roger Wayne Reineke and James Owen Capps.
    Memorials may be made to the Melba Senior Center, Melba Quick Response Unit or the Roger Reineke Scholarship Fund at Melba High School; all are in Melba, Idaho 83641.

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