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James "Jim" Reichling, 83, of Park Rapids, passed away Saturday, July 27, 2013 at Green Pine Acres Nursing Home in Menahga, following a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

Jim was born Jan. 28, 1930 to John "Jack" and Clarinda (Conner) Reichling in Codington County, S.D. He grew up in this same area and attended the Appleby Dist. 66 School.

Jim enlisted in the Army in 1950 and proudly served his country during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1953.

Jim married Louise Rosella Hoff Nov. 13, 1956 in Kranzburg, S.D. Their marriage was blessed with five children, Bill, Mike, Debra, Paul and Wayne.

In 1958, they decided to move to Park Rapids, where they have resided since.

Jim worked for the Local Gas Company and then went on to work for Great Plains Gas (now known as Amerigas) until he retired in 1992.

He loved being outside - whether it was working in his garden or pheasant hunting. In his younger days, Jim enjoyed playing fastpitch softball - which is still a favorite family sport.

He was a long-time member of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Park Rapids and a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 212.

He will be lovingly remembered by his children, Bill (Brenda), Mike (Annette), Debra, Paul (Julene) and Wayne (Tracey); grandchildren, Crystal, Eric, Anthony, Tlayne, Lane, Derek, Riley and Kelsey; great-grandchildren, Johnathan, DeShawn and Gabino; two sisters, Lucille Mack and Emmalou DeYoung.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Louise; parents, John and Clarinda; two brothers, Gene and John; and sister, Eleanor Heyn.

Funeral service: 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Park Rapids with Father Thomas Friedl officiating.

Military honors will be provided by Star of the North Marine Corps League. Ray Vaadeland will play Taps.

Visitation: 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, at Jones-Pearson Funeral Home in Park Rapids and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.

Interment: St. Peter's Cemetery following the luncheon after the service.

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