MADELIA - Funeral services for Reinhold R. Firchau, 95, Madelia, Minn., formerly of Lewisville, Minn., will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Lewisville. Interment will be held at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, with full military honors by the Lewisville American Legion Post 561. Reinhold died on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at the Madelia Community Hospital. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, from 5-7 p.m. at Zaharia Family Funeral & Cremation Service of Truman and one hour before the services in the church.
Reinhold Rudolph Walter Carl Firchau was born on Jan. 12, 1918, in South Branch Township, Watonwan County, Minn., to Albert and Carolina (Krause) Firchau. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church, South Branch. Reinhold attended parochial school at St. John's Lutheran School, South Branch. He served in the U.S. Army from 1941-1945 in the South Pacific as a corporal. On Nov. 20, 1944, Reinhold was united in marriage to Dorothy Williams at St. John's Lutheran Parsonage, South Branch. Reinie worked in construction as a heavy equipment operator and a crane operator. He owned a drayline business with his brother, Maynard for five years. He also worked for Otto Neuenfeldt's blacksmith shop and Borkenhagen Brothers. Reinie enjoyed woodworking, puzzles, playing cards, gardening, traveling and drinking brandy. He always had a smile, a joke and a "howdy-do-doody-do" for everyone. Reinie was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Lewisville; a lifetime member of the Lewisville American Legion Post 561 and the drill squad; and the St. James VFW. He was retired from the Lewisville Fire Department and recently had a tree dedicated to him at the new fire hall.
Reinhold is survived by his wife of 69 years, Dorothy Firchau, Madelia, Minn.; children, Judy Goor, Coon Rapids, Minn., Dennis (Dee) Firchau, Lewisville, Minn., Mary (Richard) Krenz, DeSmet, S.D., Jerry (Nancy) Firchau, Denton, Texas, Jean (Jeffrey) Hoppe, Truman, Minn.; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Albert, Ervin and Maynard; sisters, Johanna, Agnes, Hildegard, Selma, Regina and Irma; one daughter, Joan and one son-in-law, Howard Goor.