October 17, 2022 – Washington Co., WI – Kenneth “Ken” W. Reimer, 85, of Lomira, was called home to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 15, 2022. He was born May 9, 1937, to the late Oswald and Caroline (nee Baltazor) Reimer in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
Ken lived most of his life in Lomira. He was a graduate of Lomira High School where his love of sports excelled. At 16, he enlisted into the ROTC program and after high school elected to join the Army to serve his country. After his time in the service, he came home to marry his high school sweetheart Lu Ellen Buerger at Nativity of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lomira on April 18, 1959.
Ken started his working career at Widmer’s Cheese of Theresa which led him to a position at Kindt Lumber. From there, he moved on to the position of purchaser for Micro Design of Hartford. Later with a career change, he was hired as a salesman for North American Phillips Lighting where he distinguished himself as a top salesman. With that success, he had the desire to start his own lighting business and did that until his retirement. Ken also managed to own and operate an industrial mobile home court and built multiple spec homes and duplexes.
Ken, with having four daughters, was one of the founders that help start the Lomira Girls’ softball program. He enjoyed helping and volunteering for all community sports. Ken loved and enjoyed everything he did from boating, water skiing, deer hunting, fishing, card playing, cutting grass, and even intense volleyball matches in the water. He especially loved teaching his family how to golf, even if it meant deep down, he still wanted to win.
For his wife’s 50th birthday, Ken purchased a cottage in Wautoma, WI. There they spent 30 years enjoying the lake and having quality family time. His children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many friends are indebted to him for the many great memories at the lake.
Ken was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s where he started as an altar boy, bell ringer, snow shoveler, usher, and held many positions on the parish and school boards. After retirement, he volunteered down at Hope Nursing Home. He left a piece of his heart with everyone he met.
Those Ken leaves behind to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 63 Years, Lu Ellen, four daughters, Monica (Michael) Haefs, Marisa (Terry) Gassner, Natalie (Thomas) Scharschmidt, and Rebecca (Garry) Miller; 14 grandchildren, Shannon (Ryan) Zahn, Leigh (Rick) Ramczyk, Jill (Nick) Schultis, Erik (Beckie) Haefs, Kurt (Taylor) Haefs, David (Ingrid) Gassner, Cassandra (Brett) Kubiskewski, Matthew (Kathleen) Gassner, Callie (Scott) Christiansen, Katelyn Bloch, Mark (Hailey Rusch) Scharschmidt, Mitch Scharschmidt, Bryce Miller, Brett (fiancée Kaylee Maurer) Miller; 24 great-grandchildren with another on the way. Godson Shawn Reimer along with many nieces and nephews; a brother, Gerald “Gerry” Reimer, sisters-in-law, Michele Reimer, Mary Ann Betz, Donna May Herman, Audrey Buerger, Jean Buerger and Joan Buerger; brothers-in-law, Michael Buerger, and Dean (Steffie) Buerger.
In Addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, James “Jim” Reimer; sister-in-law, Gladys Buerger; and brothers-in-law, Francis Herman, Wally Betz, Conrad Buerger, Joseph Buerger, and William “Bill” Buerger.
A private family Memorial Mass in remembrance of Ken will be held Friday, October 21, 2022, at 2 p.m. At St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 699 Milwaukee St., Lomira.