Clarence Rineck, 90, of Chippewa Falls, town of Wheaton, died Wednesday, April 22, 2020.
He was born in Chippewa Falls, March 1, 1930.
Clarence grew up in Chippewa Falls and joined the U.S. Army at the early age of 17, in 1947. He made the Army his life career, advancing in rank to Sergeant Major. He traveled and was stationed in Japan, Germany a couple times, and a number of places in the U.S. During his station in Japan, he met and married his wife, Meiko.
Part of his career he taught ROTC at UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee. Following his retirement in 1968, he and his family settled back in his hometown of Chippewa Falls. He later joined the Army Reserves, again serving his country. He retired from the Reserves 14 years later.
Clarence was involved with the Military Order of Purple Heart, VFW, American Legion and the
17th Infantry Regiment Association.
Clarence had a friendly, humble nature, that left no indication that he was, a decorated
soldier, a hero. Clarence was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Silver Star. He saved the lives of many soldiers. In a Purple Heart story written about him they said “Clarence is the definition of a true American soldier who has served his country beyond the call of duty”.
Clarence loved to spend time with people, hunt, fish, work in his vegetable gardens and build things. If someone said, let’s go to Montana for an Elk hunt, or let’s go to Canada for fishing, he would be up for it. Many memories with family were made deer hunting and fishing on the lakes in the States along with Canada. He looked forward to going to Army reunions every year in various states, visiting with his fellow Buffalos, associated with the 17th Infantry Regiment.
He will be dearly missed by three children, Pat (Wade) Wilson of Shoreview, Minn., Roger (Rebecca) Rineck of Golden Valley, Minn., Rick (Vicki) Rineck of Chippewa Falls; 13 grandchildren, Michelle (Scott) Shaurette of Chippewa Falls, Eric (Jessica) Wilson of Shoreview, Rachel Rineck of Chippewa Falls, Megan Rineck of St. Anthony, Minn., Michael Rineck of Brooklyn Park, Minn., Skip (Rachel) Wilson of St. Paul, Minn., Molly Rineck of Prior Lake, Minn., Adam Rineck of Stacy, Minn., Andrew Rineck of Columbus, Minn., Rowan Rineck of Chippewa Falls, Robert Borgenheimer (Briana) of Jim Falls, Ella Borgenheimer of Minneapolis, Minn., Lily Borgenheimer of Chippewa Falls; five great-grandchildren, Gwenyth, Adelyn, Brik, Audrey, Logan.
He was preceded in death by wife, Meiko; both parents, Fred (Anne) Rineck of Chippewa Falls; siblings, Harold (Ann) Rineck of Chippewa Falls, Robert (Betty) Rineck of Colorado Springs, Colo., Louis (Mary Louise) Rineck of Chippewa Falls.
A private memorial service and burial will take place in keeping with the current COVID-19 gathering restrictions. Expressions of sympathy during this time can be left on the condolences page available with the obituary on our website, www.pedersonvolker.com.
Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services, Chippewa Falls is serving the family.
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