Ivan W. Reihmann, age 83 of Middle Amana, died Saturday, September 19, 2015 at his home. Funeral Service: 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, September 22, 2015, Middle Amana Community Church, Middle Amana with Elder Mike Shoup officiating. Burial will be in the Middle Amana Cemetery with military honors. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Monday, September 21, 2015 at the Middle Amana Church and also after 12:30 until service time on Tuesday, September 22. Memorials may be contributed to the Amana Church Society or Essence of Life Hospice. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.
Ivan is survived by his wife Darlene, children, Bob (Mary Lou) and Ronald of Denver, CO; Randy (Jeanne) of Middle, and Denise Reihmann Brown (Brian) of Robins, IA; and eight grandchildren, William Reihmann, Karlton Reihmann, Kurt Reihmann (Ann), April Brown Nelson (Nick), Anna Reihmann, Caitlin Brown, Alexa Aronow, and Brooke Aronow. He was preceded in death by his parents William and Henrietta Dickel Reihmann and a sister Elaine in infancy.
Ivan William Reihmann was born June 24, 1932 in Middle Amana, Iowa, the son of William and Henrietta Dickel Reihmann. He attended the Amana schools and graduated from Amana High School in 1950. He continued his education at Iowa State College receiving a bachelor degree in Farm Operations and Agricultural Economics. Ivan married Darlene Blasi at the Mennonite Country Church, Pulaski, Iowa on July 17, 1954. Ivan served in the U.S. Air Force from 1954 -57, stationed in Texas, California, and Georgia. Upon his return to Iowa, Ivan worked for the Amana Society doing general farm work and as a farm manager trainee. He was employed for a year with the USDA Conservation Service, moving on to Amana Refrigeration, and Merchants National Bank in Cedar Rapids as a farm management officer. In 1979 Ivan worked with Cedar Valley Farm Business Associates, Swisher, in recordkeeping and tax consulting. In 1981 he joined Principal Financial Group, Des Moines.
Ivan was a member of the Amana Society Board of Directors, the Finance and Compensation Committee, Heritage Agency on Aging, Iowa County Veterans Commission, American and Iowa Society of Farm Managers, Iowa County Selective Service Board, Treasurer of the Amana Community Chest, Cloud Nine Flying Club and the Amana Young Men’s Bureau, and a member of Amana Sangerbund (Men’s chorus). He was an elder and trustee of the Amana Church, director of Meals on Wheels, and worked with many other community services. He was also a member of the Marengo American Legion Post 76.
He enjoyed mowing his lawn, maintaining Reinhardt Park, and the Amana bike trail. He also enjoyed all things relating to aviation, as well as singing. He liked Amana history translation, conducting digestor tours and constantly checking the weather.