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Texas bachelor leaves $1 million to SD veterans home

South Dakota’s Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home in Hot Springs has received a $1 million gift from an 85-year-old Texas bachelor who died in April.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem announced the gift Wednesday during her budget address to the Legislature at the Capitol in Pierre. Noem said the gift came from Arlyn Reinert, who was a career Air Force veteran.

“Master Sergeant Arlyn Reinert was a frugal man who lived a meager life in Perryton, Texas,” Noem said during her speech. “After conducting research, Mr. Reinert chose South Dakota as the landing spot for his life savings of over $1 million.”

To honor Reinert’s service and gift, Noem said, her proposed budget “contains $100,000 in other-fund authority, ongoing, to develop a scholarship program to develop the workforce at the home, as well as enhance quality-of-life programming for the residents.”

Public probate documents in Texas show that Reinert died April 13 at Senior Village Nursing Home in Perryton. He was never married and had no children. A brief obituary said Reinert was born on June 25, 1932, in New London, Wis.