Kenneth Lawrence Reinesch


January 22, 1947 - November 27, 2013


        Kenneth Lawrence Reinesch was born on January 22, 1947 to Albert and Margaret (Kindred) Reinesch in Plankinton, SD. He farmed with his family on the family farm in White Lake until 1966, when he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Ken served two combat tours in Vietnam and was wounded in action on June 6, 1967. Ken was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps in 1971. He married Constance Moeller on October 2, 1971 in White Lake. From this marriage, his two children, Jodi (Ruden) and Joel were born in 1973 and 1976, respectively. He worked for the Chamberlain Police Department starting in 1971 until he was hired as a patrol officer with the Mitchell Police Department in Mitchell, SD. Ken was a Detective with the Mitchell Police Department for many years and was named the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in 1979. Ken worked for the Mitchell Police Department from 1972 until 1988. Also in 1988, he married Sue Murley. He ran his own private investigation business and was a certified polygrapher. He then worked for Davison County from 1989 until his retirement in 2002. Never one to sit around the house, Ken then managed the Mitchell American Legion Post 18 shortly after his retirement and then went to work for Lifequest in 2005 and remained there until the time of his death. On December 31, 1999, Ken was married to Sherri Hildebrand.

     Ken was a life-time member of Post 18 and the Mitchell chapters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans and the Military Order of the Purple Heart. He held nearly every executive position with Post 18, including Commander. He was honored with numerous Veteran of the Year awards and was named the District 6 Legionnaire of the Year in 2007. He was a past Chef De Gare of the Post 18 40/8. Ken also was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Corn Palace Detachment of the Marine Corps League.

     Ken was fiercely proud of his service in Vietnam, the title of Marine and his unwavering patriotism. He devoted thousands of hours in service to his fellow veterans and also to the community of Mitchell. Ken was instrumental is raising the funds for the first DAV van in Mitchell to be used for the transport of disabled veterans to and from their doctor’s appointments. He also was very active for many of years in the Mitchell Exchange Club where he gained a number of lifelong friends through that association.   He held, until his final breath, the most special kind of love for his fellow Marines whom he served with in Vietnam, especially all of the men of 3rd Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, many of which he reunited with recently in Mitchell. Semper Fi, brothers.

     Ken loved his work in the woodshop at Lifequest and tremendously enjoyed working alongside the clients there. In his final years, he relished most his title of grandfather and loved his four grandchildren immensely.

     Ken is survived by his wife, Sherri and his two children, daughter, Jodi (Corey Elward) and son, Joel (Liza) Reinesch, all of Mitchell and his four grandchildren, Shawn Ruden, Blake Ruden, Coy Reinesch and Emma Reinesch. The youngest of the family, he is survived by his three loving sisters, Betty (Dick) Vant Hul of Sioux Falls, Mary (LeRoy) Persson of Mitchell and Leanne (Don) Bradwisch of Loomis. Ken also is survived by his mother-in-law, Doris Hildebrand, Mitchell, brother-in-law, Craig (Amy) Hildebrand of Mitchell, sister-in-law, Deb (Tim) Havrevold of Minneapolis, MN, and sister-in-law, Gladys Reinesch, Mitchell and 20 nieces and nephews. Ken also leaves behind his loyal companion, Peanut, with whom he spent countless hours side-by-side. Ken is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, Christ and Susan Reinesch and Napoleon and Elsie Kindred, one brother, James, and father-in-law, Duane Hildebrand.



Sunday, December 1, 2013
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Scripture Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Monday, December 2, 2013
10:30 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
222 North Kimball
Mitchell, South Dakota


Military Graveside Service
American Legion Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

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Posted by Mary Beth Boots on December 5, 2013
Sherri, I am sorry for your loss, reading the obituary, your husband seems like the best of the best.. It's been a long time since I've seen you. My sympathy to you and Ken's family.Your cousin,Mary Beth Boots and family.
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Posted by Pam & Burt Stransky on December 2, 2013
Thank you Ken for your service to our country. You will never be forgotten.
Posted by Blake Ruden on December 1, 2013
Grandpa ken!! Thank you for fighting for our country. You are the best grandpa in the whole in tire world! I will never forget you! I am so thankful to have you and my family and friends in my life! I love you !
Blake 🇺🇸🙏💖
Posted by Lorraine on November 30, 2013
Always enjoyed Ken during my living in Mitchell. Admired his service with the police dept.
My deep condolences to the family and all who knew and loved him.
Posted by "Doc" Jim & Linda Beall on November 30, 2013
Our condolences go to Ken's family. May he rest in peace. I was proud to have served with Ken in the 3rd Herd in Viet Nam and so enjoyed getting back together at the reunion in Mitchell. He will be greatly missed. Semper Fi
Posted by john enderby Bob's Brother on November 30, 2013
The platoon has lost an anchor,but you will always be remembered and I extend my sympathy to your remaining members, and family. Semper Fi.
Posted by Jim Cooper on November 30, 2013
My deepest condolences to the family of one fine Marine. Ken helped make my time with the 3rd Herd safe. An event none of us will ever forget or the Brothers we fought beside. He was one of the gooduns. Semper Fi Ken. Final Salute
Posted by diane moke on November 29, 2013
I remember the many sit downs I had with ken when he came in for coffee in my café.....He was always at the legion when Duane played in his band and said someday he would run the place. coondolences..A nice man
Posted by Chris (Harford) Finney on November 29, 2013
To the Reinesch family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I worked with Ken at the Mitchell PD and he was one of my favorite people to have worked with. He will be truly missed!
Posted by Burts Family on November 29, 2013
We are very sorry to hear of your family's loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers in this sad time. (Isa. 25:8)
Posted by Tamara (Heidinger) & Kevin Larson on November 29, 2013
Thoughts and Prayers to Kenny's Family and Friends....he was a wonderful friend to our family.....may he Rest in Peace.. Thank you Kenny for sharing stories with me about Mom and Dad....I will treasure them forever
Posted by Bonnie Weber on November 29, 2013
To the Reinesch family in the loss of Ken, he was a good friend and will be missed
Posted by Jackie Christiansen on November 29, 2013
Kenny was one of the BEST COPS Mitchell ever had!!!
Posted by Becky Handrahan on November 29, 2013
We'll miss you Ken, But I know you'll be with us all in our hearts because thats the kind of guy you are.
Posted by Dale & Ann Tinkle on November 29, 2013
Our condolences to Ken's family. Ken was one of the best friends and marine squad leaders I ever knew. Was so proud to have served with him in Vietnam and was always so glad to visit him in Mitchel at the 5 reunions I attended. Will always remember him and family. He will be greatly missed.
Posted by Jolene and Mike on November 28, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. God be with you.
Posted by Ryland on November 28, 2013
Joel, sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Guy Pete on November 28, 2013
Ken was a leader, he will also be remember as a great leader of Marines. We read about generals as great leaders but it is at the Squad Leader level that wars are fought and won. Ken took care of his Marines. And after 40 some years he still took care of his Marines by hosting a 3rd Herd Reunion in Mitchell that will never be forgotten by the Marines of the 3rd Herd. We are forever thankful. If there is any 1/2 full perspective to Ken's cancer then it is he had time to bond with his family. My deepest condolences to the entire family and especially Joel .
Ken, until your last breath you were and forever will remain a proud United States Marine. I salute you and thank you for helping this brown bar 2nd Lieutenant Platoon Commander, 3rd Herd Bravo Vietnam. Love you Marine.
Your spirit will live forever - Godspeed.
Lest we forget - Semper Fi!
LtCol Guy Pete USMC (Ret)
Posted by Jim & Linda Hanno on November 28, 2013
We enjoyed Ken as a friend and neighbor back in the 70's. As a Marine and Ex-Cop he has our respect. Please accept our deepest condolances .
Posted by Richard DeHart on November 27, 2013
My deepest sympathy for your loss. I did not know Ken but I have a friend, Allan Archer, who served with him. Allan said he was a good man. Ken served his country at a time when that was not very popular. Ken Reinesch has my respect.
Patriot Guard Rider
"Standing for those who stood for us"
Posted by Charlie & Wanda Kobes on November 27, 2013
So Sorry for your loss . Ken was a great guy to everyone . Always going that extra mile in everything he did . He will be greatly missed !
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