Reinhold “Reiny” H. Burbach of North Platte died on Monday, May 22, 2023 at age 98.
He was born on Jan. 23, 1925 in Hartington. His parents were Werner and Thersa (Schmidt) Burbach. He graduated from Holy Trinity Catholic High School.
In 1945 he joined the U.S. Army Infantry and had basic training at Camp Walters, Texas. While on leave he married Martha A. Langferman on July 9. He was stationed at the Pacific Theatre Manilla and later at Kyuisa Island of Japan during World War II. He received an honorable discharge in October 1946.
Reiny and Martha made their home in Hartington. They operated an ice cream bar. Reiny went on to work for Curtis Candy Company for 6 years.
In 1956 he was appointed as a State Farm Insurance agent. They moved to North Platte in 1961 when he was promoted as a district manager with State Farm Insurance and retired in1991.
Reiny was a life member of the Benevolent and Patriotic Order of Elks #985, a past Commander of VFW #5283, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #2839, and Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #551. He was a 4th Degree Knight of the Knights of Columbus.
Reiny was a charter member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish and trustee for nine years. He served on the NPCS Endowment Board of Directors. For 30 years he managed the Bingo Activity at the KC Hall by creating teams, ordering supplies, and counting all the proceeds which were given to the NP Catholic Schools.
He enjoyed family gatherings, visiting friends and relatives (nearby and far away), playing cards, and traveling.
He is survived by two sons, Bill (Suzanne) Burbach of Belmont, N.H., Kevin (Denise) Burbach of Vail, Ariz., and Randy’s wife; daughter-in-law, Denise Burbach; two daughters, Rosemary (Ron) Jones of North Platte and Karlene (Dave) Hoedel of Walled Lake, Mich.; two sisters, Rita Isom and Monica Moser; 13 grandchildren, Shawn Burbach of Omaha, Brian (Laura) Burbach of Belmont, Heather Burbach of Ormond Beach, Fla., Jennifer (Bryan) Enander of Bradenton, Fla., Heidi (Stacy) Winters and Sarah (John) Swanson, both of Omaha, Aaron (Allison) Jones of Ogallala, Kay (Kelly) Burbach, Craig Burbach and Adam (Brock) Burbach, all of Lincoln, Ann (Chad) Grunewaldt of Vermillion, S.D., Jamie (Brian) Kalisher of Livonia, Mich., and Mandy Hoedel of Walled Lake, Mich.; and 16 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha (73 years of marriage); son, Randy Burbach; daughter, Barb Waldschmidt; parents; five brothers, Sen. Julius Burbach, Rudy Burbach, Gerald Burbach, Theodore Burbach and Peter Burbach; two sisters, Leone Wortman and Rosemary White; and son-in-law, Jim Waldschmidt.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be at noon, Friday, May 26 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church with Rev. Rand Langhorst as celebrant. Burial with full military honors will be at 2 p.m. following the service at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell. A reception meal will be held at 3 p.m. after burial at St. Elizabeth’s. Visitation will be from noon–4 p.m., Thursday, May 25 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements. Divine Mercy Chaplet will be recited at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 25 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Coffee and cookies will be served following the Chaplet.
Memorials are suggested to North Platte Catholic School Endowment Fund or to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church.
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