Richard Kerr Reinsel, 84, of Butler passed away Tuesday at the Lowrie Place in Butler, where he was living. Richard was born June 28, 1932, in Clarion, Pa., to William Jerome Reinsel and Marie Antoinette Kerr Reinsel. He went to school in Clarion, graduating from Clarion-Limestone High School. He then served in the U.S. Army from January 1953 to January 1955 during the Korean War, attaining the rank of corporal. On Oct. 12, 1957, in Clarion, he married Ruth Clare Heinrich. She preceded him in death in April 2016. Richard worked for the A&P supermarket in Clarion for 29 years. In 1988, he retired from AK Steel after 16 years of employment. A member of St. Paul Roman Catholic Church in Butler, he was a eucharistic minister and a member of the church choir. He also was an active member of the Alhambra Club until failing health forced him to discontinue. Richard enjoyed gardening and taught his children when they were young how a vegetable plant materializes from a small seed. Those were the best times, he would say. He enjoyed reading about world history and the effect it had on America. The History Channel, the Discovery Channel and Animal Kingdom were his favorite TV channels. Mr. Reinsel is survived by his three children, Richard K. Reinsel Jr. and his wife, Kristy, Diana Lynn "Tory" Bishop and her husband, John "Trent," and Eric Lee Reinsel and his wife, Tammy; six grandchildren, Richard K. Reinsel III, Britney Lauren Webb, Jade Lindsay Bishop, Gabrielle Ruth Bishop, Erica Lynn Reinsel and Troy Matthew Reinsel; and four great-grandchildren, Rhianna Jade Zendejax, Taylor McKenna Reinsel, Jack Grayson Webb and Maddox Hayes Jones. In addition, Richard is survived by his sister, Patricia Geary, and her husband, William, of Clarion; his brother, Duane Reinsel, and his wife, Peggy, of Limestone; and his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Norma Jean Heinrich, Carl Beckwith, Leona Geraldine (Chris) Heinrich, Maria Philomena (Kookie) Heinrich, Elizabeth Ann (Betty) Keim, Billy Reinsel and Maxine Reinsel. Richard was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; his stepmother, Ethal F. (Keck) Reinsel; his brothers, Cecil Reinsel, Jerome Reinsel Jr. and Cletus Reinsel; his two sisters, Mrs. Edward (Helen) Lynch and Mrs. Cameron (Lois) Miller; his granddaughter Arianne Rene Reinsel; and his sister-in-law, Josephine Reinsel. The family of Richard K. Reinsel wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Pam Rettig and the staff at the Lowrie Place. Dedications From Rick: Dad, you taught me more than maybe you realize. To stand for what you know is right and honest no matter what the price. Discipline and toughness to weather the storms we all know will come. To be gracious and respectful, and to appreciate the value of a hard day's work, and to do it to the best of our ability. You kept things simple so there was not any question to what the meaning of something was, and failure is only failure if you do not get back up and move forward. Most importantly, all your attributes have enabled me to work for God and fight the good fight between light and darkness. No matter what the hardships were Dad, I know you gave it your all. There is only love Dad, only love. From Tory: One of the fondest memories I have of Dad is he and I used to lie out in the sun in the back yard as Mom yelled out the window, "I hope you two have sunscreen on." Dad and I would chuckle. Dad always kept a garden filled with tomatoes, lettuce and tulips. Dad loved tulips, and to this day when I see a tulip, I think of my dad. He loved the bright colors of yellow, red and orange growing in the garden, and often sitting in the middle of our small kitchen table. Often, after yard work, Dad and I would pick a tomato from the garden, wipe off the dirt and bite right into it. For lunch, we would make tomato and mayonnaise sandwiches; he loved those and I loved eating them with him. Dad, I hope there are plenty of bright colored tulips and sweet juicy tomatoes in heaven. Today, October 12th, is your and Mom's wedding anniversary: together again, happy and no more worries. I love you Dad. From Trent: Richard, I know you are proud of the three strong, independent and loving children you and Ruth raised. They love you and Ruth dearly, as I know you love them. I am proud to be your son-in-law. Give Ruth a hug for me. Love, Trenton From Britney: What I remember most fondly about my grandfather is his little chuckle when I would closely look into his eyes, wide-eyed, and say "I got my green eyes from you." He and I always enjoyed that repeated moment together each time we would see each other. Thank you for my green eyes, Grandpa. Miss you. From Jade: Grandpa - I will always remember visiting and you giving the best hugs! Walking into your room, no matter the day, you had a smile on your face! Even though you kept things in line, you had the biggest heart! I am glad you always laughed at my jokes when no one else did! Love you grandpa, and tell grandma hello for me! From Gabrielle: Grandpa, I will miss you. I will miss coming up in the summers to visit to tell you about everything new that was happening in my life, and to hear you say "Gabrielle you are my favorite granddaughter." You swore me to secrecy to never tell Britney or Jade, but I figured it is time we filled them in on the news, not to say it was much of a surprise … Anyways, I hope you are doing well and reunited with Grandma. I will be thinking of you often, knowing that you are at peace. Love you. Gabrielle REINSEL - Visitation for Richard Kerr Reinsel, who died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Goble Funeral Home and Crematory, 330 Wood St., Clarion. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated immediately after at 11 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church, 715 Main St., Clarion, with the Rev. Monty Sayers officiating. Interment will be at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Clarion. Friends and family may send online condolences, order flowers and memorials and obtain additional information by visiting www.goblefh.net .
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