Carl J. Reuter


Carl J. Reuter, 93, of Bloomington, passed away on Saturday, July 12, at the Lancaster Care Center, Lancaster. 

He was born on Oct. 23, 1920, the son of William and Josephine (Stelpflug) Reuter. Carl grew up on a farm near Tennyson in Paris Township. He attended St. Andrew Catholic School. Later, he and his parents moved to Bloomington. On June 30, 1956, Carl was united in marriage to Helene Baker at Cherry Mound in rural Harpers Ferry. Carl worked as a farmer most of his life in Bloomington Township, but also worked at Effigy Mounds in 1957. When he and Helene retired from farming, they moved into the Village of Bloomington and built a house across from St. Mary’s Catholic Church and School. In his younger years, Carl enjoyed hunting, fishing, and trapping. In his later years, he enjoyed watching baseball and although he wouldn’t admit it, he was a Cubs fan. Carl also loved the animals he raised, especially the cows.

Survivors include his loving wife, Helene Reuter, Bloomington; their children JoEllen Reuter, Dubuque, Iowa, Ed (Lucy) Reuter, Lake Stevens, Wash., and their children, Tom and Lynn, Jane Reuter of Littleton, Colo., and her son, Robby, Nancy (Jon) Brost, Nekoosa, and their children, Aaron and Lexi; sisters-in-law, Darlene Reuter, Bagley, Marie Dorsch, Chicago, Ill.; many nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents, Carl was preceded in death by his brothers, Cletus and Reaferd Reuter and his sister, Catherine Zenz.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, July 17, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bloomington with Father John Meinholz officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bloomington. Family and friends may call on Wednesday, July 16, from 4 until 7 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Bloomington where a 3:45 p.m. Scripture service will be held. Friends may also call on Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of services at the church. Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Bloomington is assisting the family. In lieu of plants and flowers, a Carl J. Reuter Memorial Fund has been established.

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