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Elmer J. Reifsteck, 101, of Danville, passed away on Feb. 23, 2017 at Hawthorne Inn Nursing Home in Danville. Elmer was born on Sept. 15, 1915, the son of Jacob and Minnie (Koss) Reifsteck.
He married Virginia A. Blackmore in Danville, on Feb. 2, 1947, she preceded him in death in 2011.
He is survived by sons, Ronald (Cheryl) Reifsteck and Russell (Jackie) Reifsteck both of Danville; daughters, Marilyn (Stephen) Frank of Bourbonnais; daughter-in-law, Wanda Reifsteck of Alvin; 13 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by son, David Reifsteck; infant daughter, Barbara Reifsteck; three brothers, Frank, Chester, Edward Reifsteck; and four sisters, Carrie Messman, Anna Messman, Irene Ritter and Esther Doehring.
Elmer served in the U.S. Army, he is a WWII Veteran, serving as a medical technician. He was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Danville. He farmed the family farm for nearly 50 years, retiring in the early 90s. He loved playing Euchre and traveling with Virginia. He especially enjoyed the activities and sports his grandchildren participated in.
Visitation will be 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 3940 North Vermilion Street, Danville. Funeral Service will be on Monday at 10 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 824 East Main Street Danville, with Pastor Kent Tibben officiating. Burial will take place at Craw Cemetery in Sadorus, Ill.
Memorials may be made in his name to Trinity Lutheran Church. Please join Elmer's family in sharing memories, photos and videos on his Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.
Published on February 24, 2017
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