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Francis L Reuter

Francis L Reuter

Francis Louis Reuter, Age 89, of Eau Galle, WI and formerly of Waumandee, WI passed away Saturday, February 8, 2020.  He was conversing with his family by his side hours before he died peacefully in his sleep.

He was born June 12, 1930, of parents Frank and Cecilia (Kreye) Reuter.  He lived in Waumandee on the family farm and after graduating from Arcadia High School in 1948, he became the 4th generation of the farm.   On June 14, 1952 he married Joyce Angst of Arcadia.   He served on the Arcadia School Board for 12 years and on the Cochrane Telephone Board for 10 years.   In 1991, Francis and Joyce moved to Eau Galle to assist and help their youngest son get started in farming.  He loved family gatherings and farming was his passion his entire life.  He loved driving tractor during the haying season and remained active thru last summer mowing the lawn, attending to his garden, planting flowers and driving around the farm on his 4-wheeler.    His hobbies and enjoyment involved traveling, driving thru the countryside, dining out and reading and learning history.   His downtime and relaxation was flying as he had his private license to fly and he did so on many Sundays throughout his earlier years.   He always had a strong Faith in God and an awe in the power of Mother Nature.   No matter how busy on the farm, he kept Holy the Sabbath day with rest, fun, and family.

Francis is survived by his wife, Joyce, of 67 years; his children Frank of Honolulu, HI, Brenda of St. Paul, Mn, Brad (Carrie) of Waumandee WI, Marilyn (John) Solmarin, of Sioux Falls, S.D., Beverly (Jeff) Schalo of Eden Prairie, Mn, and Erik (Rebecca) Reuter of Eau Galle, WI.   his grandchildren, Philip (Anne) Reuter of Waumandee, Wi, Melody (Mark) McKee of Onalaska, WI, and Paul Reuter (his fiancé, Brianna) of Waumandee, WI.  great granddaughter, Harper, his sister Phyllis Kostner and sister-in-law Mary Angst.

Francis was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters: Dorothy Weber, Janice Morrison, Ruth Benusa, Marylou Fernholz and brother Thomas Reuter.

Funeral Mass will be held at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Waumandee, WI on Friday, February 14, 2020 at 12:00p.m.  with Father Prince Raja officiating and Father Emmanuel Asamoah-Bekoe con-celebrant.   Visitation will be held in the church from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Burial may take place in the church cemetery after the mass weather permitting with a lunch following in the school hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests masses for Francis; memorials be made in Francis’s name to Assumption Catholic School in Durand, WI or St. Boniface Church in Waumandee, WI.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Junior Larson

    Joyce you have my sympathy You and Francis
    wonderful memeries go way back to RKD highschool
    I hope to see you sometime soon

  2. Greg and Roxie Glaus

    Joyce Eric and family. Roxie and I are out of the country. But our thoughts and prayers are with you. We lost a good man and a good friend. Going to miss visiting with him after 4:00, Mass. Take Care,

  3. Deanna Angst-Hyland

    Heaven is surely rejoicing upon the return of such a kind and genuine soul. My prayers and sympathies go to the entire family as his legacy on earth shines brightly through you all. Warmest regards.

  4. Sara Angst

    What a wonderful man you were, Uncle Francis -- a devoted family man, a superb farmer and so humble and kind. Confident in yourself and who you were -- and so well-loved by so many! God rest your soul -- you will be greatly missed! Your niece, Sara Angst PS--Please say 'hi' to Matt and Sister Evelyn and give them a hug for me! :-) XO

  5. Bud Benusa Family

    Uncle Francis was my Godfather. I always remember the days my brother and I spent on the farm with him. Our condolences go out to his family

  6. Karen Brommer Puchalla

    My deepest sympathy to you Joyce,Frank, Brenda and family, from a classmate and friend. Karen

  7. Terry & Connie Weber

    So sorry to hear of Francis passing. Sending sympathy to you Joyce, and all the family. We will be gone but will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Matthew Sam

    Joyce, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  9. Julie Kostner Reckner

    Auntie Joyce and cousins,
    So sorry to here about Francis. Remember our younger years playing ball in your front yard. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    My Sympathy,
    Julie Kostner Reckner

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