Paul Peter Hubert Joseph Reinkemeyer (Rink) died on Feb. 13.obit-reinkenmeyer.jpg

He was born on March 9, 1915, in Linn, Mo., Osage County, to Anna Mertins and Henry F. Reinkemeyer. He had three brothers and five sisters.

Reinkemeyer attended Lone Star School for two years, and then went to St. George Catholic School in Linn. During the spring and fall months, he rode a horse to school and in the winter, he walked. He left home at the age of 14 and went to work haying.

In 1934, he obtained the rank of Sergeant while working for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), and was sent to Ontario to work for the next four years. He worked for the Bureau of Reclamation for a time, and worked in construction as a cement finisher and carpenter for most of his life.

In 1938, Reinkemeyer married Oleta Pearson in Ontario. They had two children, Sharon and Paul (Denny). They later divorced.

In 1949, Reinkemeyer moved to Burns as a foreman of the Johnson Construction Company to build the Hines Grade School gymnasium.

On July 6, 1956, he married Imogene Mace Kidwell.

He was a carpenter for Leroy Jackson for a few years, and later went to work for J.W. Copeland Yards, where he drove transfer truck to Portland and other locations. Reinkemeyer was transferred to Banning, Calif., in 1958 to manage a Copeland Yard, and then later back to Copeland’s in Burns. He retired in 1982, but after a few months of retirement went to work for Edward Hines Lumber company in the warehouse. He retired again in May 1988, after working for 59 years.

Reinkemeyer loved to cook and he was known for his fried chicken. He was an avid fisherman, loved to hunt, liked a good party, loved gambling and liked to play pinochle. He had a beautiful yard that he enjoyed taking care of, and did his own yard work until he was 93. He loved to tease everyone and always had a story to tell.

Reinkemeyer is survived by his wife of 54 years, Imogene of Burns; daughter, Sharon Ray of Longview Wash.; son, Paul Reinkemeyer of Kalama, Wash.; step-son, Richard Kidwell of Burns; step-daughter, Lenora Gara of Florence; special son, Dean Gill of Burns; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren and step-great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, five sisters and a great-granddaughter.

Services were held on Feb. 18 in Burns. Burial was at the Burns Cemetery.


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