.Dr. Henry J. "Doc" Reidinger.
.June 8 to
June 19, 2013
.Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Henry J. "Doc" Reidinger, 87, Oconto Falls died Friday morning, June 7,
2013 at home surrounded by his loving family. The youngest of four
children was born June 29, 1925 in Menominee, MI to Frank and Florence
(Michels) Reidinger. He grew up in Menominee where he attended St. John
Catholic Grade School, graduating from Menominee High School with the
class of 1943. As a young man he entered the US Navy during WWII where he had the very
dangerous duty of "catching airplanes by cable" as they landed on ships
out in the ocean. Following his honorable discharge from the military,
he attended National College of Chiropractic in Chicago where he
graduated with his degree in 1950.
On May 14, 1949 he married Jacqueline Tremblay in Marinette. In 1951
Doc was recalled into the Navy where he served his country again during
the Korean War. In April of 1952 the
couple moved to Oconto Falls with their first born son Tim and the
couple's second child on the way. His first chiropractic office was in
the present location of Senn Insurance on Main Street in Oconto Falls
until moving into their new office on Caldwell Ave. in 1963.
Affectionately known as "Doc", he took great pride and dedication in
caring for his patients for most of his adult life. While his kids were
growing up he was a Boy Scout leader and received the Trail Blazer
award. As a member of over 60 years, Doc was a very active and
dedicated member in St. Anthony Catholic Church where he served on
church council, was a 53 year KC member where he headed the Tootsie
Roll drive for those less fortunate, served as lector and started a
"senior server" group, assisting in all the funeral masses which have
been held at St. Anthony the past 30 years or so. As a member of Oconto
Falls American Legion Post #302, he served on the funeral honor guard
for many years and always participated in all the Legion's activities.
Doc also served on the Oconto Falls School Board for nine years and
once served as president. Always ready and willing to lend a hand, Doc
volunteered for Kingdom Come, Meals on Wheels, drove fellow veteran's
to their doctors appointments, help with the Gillett SHARE program and
always gave blood to the Red Cross. In 1996, Doc was recognized by the
Rural Urban League for his outstanding community service.
Doc also was instrumental in organizing an early morning volleyball
league at the high school years ago and the group played for many
years. Doc was also a regular fixture at all youth and high school
sporting events, especially for all his 19 grandchildren. After he
retired, Doc was a regular morning visitor at Peterson Ford where he
would get his day started before going to the post office to pick up
the mail, his normal routine. As a charter member of River Island Golf
Club, Doc helped to build the course in the early 1960's and played
league golf until 1997. He also enjoyed playing cards after golf with
his "old buddies", John Nickel, "Red" Brehmer and Bob Ellner, all of
who preceded Doc in death. Doc's favorite place where he could relax,
sit on his swing overlooking the water and enjoy the interaction with
his family and friends was at the property he bought many years ago at
Kelly Lake, which has turned out to be a very special place for the
entire Reidinger family.
Survivors are his wife of 64 years, Jackie Reidinger, Oconto Falls;
their seven children, Tim (Linda) Reidinger, Oconto Falls; Colleen
(Todd) Duame, Stiles Jct.; Kent (Lynette) Reidinger, Green Bay; Renee
(Rick) Lemke, Oconto Falls; John (Debbie) Reidinger, Lake Forest, CA;
Robert (Mary) Reidinger, Suamico; Brian (Jennifer) Reidinger, Green
Bay; 19 grandchildren, Angie (Scott) Magnin, Randy (Elli) and Ross
Reidinger; Tricia Spaulding, Cory (Lisa) Bailey and Jordyn Duame; David
(Heather), Andrew (fiancé Lauren Forbish), Matthew and
Bethany Reidinger; Courtney ( fiancé Dustin Coopman) and
Carly Lemke; Zach and Meagan Reidinger; Adam, Alyssa and Aubree
Reidinger; Morgan and Lauren Reidinger; 11 great grandchildren, Taylor,
Myles and Oliver Bailey; Justin and Anna Spaulding; Mya, Macy and
Bryent Magnin; Riley, Kasen and Hudson Reidinger; his brothers-in-law
and sisters-in-law, Fay (Gordon) Philibeck, Menominee, MI; Mary Lou
(Gerald) Roeder, Dean (Sue) Tremblay, all of Marinette; nieces, nephews
and many good friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Dr. Francis
(Nell) and Dr. James (Bea) Reidinger, one sister, Virginia Reidinger
and his niece, Mary Kay Reidinger.
Visitation will be held from 3-8pm Friday, June 14, 2013 at Jones
Funeral Service in Oconto Falls, Knights of Columbus service 7pm
Friday. Visitation will continue at St. Anthony Catholic Church in
Oconto Falls after 9am Saturday, June 15, 2013 until the time of
service. Mass of Christian Burial will take place 10:30am Saturday at
the church with the Rev. Fr. Joel Sember officiating. Burial with
military honors will follow in the church cemetery.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to St.
Anthony Catholic Church or School, the Panther Pride Booster Club or
The Reidinger family would like to thank Unity Hospice including Dana,
Lana, Cheryl, Gloria, Amy, and Rev. Bill Kamke, Fr. Joel Sember and
Kathy Schroeder from St Anthony's Parish and Dr Bruce Neal and his
staff from the Aurora BayCare Medical Center for all their kind and
compassionate care of Doc, both spiritually and medically, as well as
the many friends who reached out in numerous ways of support to the
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