Vernon Reinhiller, 84, of Bowman, ND, passed away on July 23, 2014 at the Southwest Healthcare Long Term Center in Bowman.
Funeral Services for Vern will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the Bowman United Methodist Church. Pastor Ron Olson will officiate with burial to follow at a later date in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan, ND. There will be a Family and Friends Service on Friday, July 25 at the Bowman United Methodist Church beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Vernon Reinhiller was born on December 16, 1929 to Val and Susanna (Remias) Reinhiller. He spent formative years with his grandparents John and Anna Remias on a farm beside the Heart River. Vernon attended school in Elgin, ND. He was the "outstanding boy of his class", lettered in Football and Track for the "Fighting Dutchmen," He set national football records in six man football and was the FFA State Star Famer of 1948. He graduated from Dickinson State Teachers College in 1959. He served in the military. In 1959, he married Lynne Birdsall. To this union was born five children: Ross (Valerie), their daughters Jayne and Anne; Cheryl, (Kevin) Pavlish, their children Landon and Heather; Susan; Amy, (Tom) Temple; and Kyle (Becky) their sons Paul Vernon and Erik. He taught in the Elgin, Bismarck, Lemmon, Belle Fourche, and Bowman school districts. Vernon taught Social Studies, elementary PE and coached football, wrestling, and track. In the summertime he was the CEO Tristate Baling. Vernon always enjoyed coaching and working with young people. He wanted each young person to know they were an important part of his team, calling them "lads" and "lassies" or "hoods" and "hoodesses" as terms of endearment. He always went the extra mile for kinds. For many years he sponsored and coached early morning little kids track for 4th-6th grade boys and girls. He taught Bowman kids that a strong work ethic and skills lead to championships.
Vernon reflected Christs love in everything he pursued. He displayed his humble faith through his love for his family and friends, prayers, and daily devotions. He was an active member of Bowman United Methodist Church and the Lions Club. In 1995, Vernon was recognized with the Melvin Jones Fellow Award for his dedication to humanitarian service. He was honored to have the football field named for him.
Krebsbach and Kulseth Funeral Services in charge of the arrangements.