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August Reich
August Reich

In the early morning hours of Nov. 1, 2008, August Reich went to be with the Lord while in the loving arms of his wife Beatrice.

August Reich was born on Dec. 10, 1921, to Andreas and Jacobina Reich in Wishek, N.D. He was the fifth of 14 children. Brothers Philip (Anetta), Emil (June), Andy (Marge), Walter (Jeanne), sisters Irene Byrd, Tena (Chris) Christensen and Katie Nafts survive him. His parents, sisters Frieda Weixel, Viola Robertus and Alvina Zentner and brothers Reinhold, Rubin and Milton Reich (whose wife Alice survives) preceded him in death.

He served multiple places while in the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1937 until 1940. Gus was inducted into the U.S. Army in February 1945 and served as a truck driver and MP while stationed in Japan. He was honorably discharged as a Technician 5th grade in 1946. Gus was awarded the Asiatic Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Victory Medal, and the Army of Occupation Medal.

Anyone who was the recipient of one of Gus's special woodworking projects is lucky indeed. He spent his working life as a carpenter/handyman. He also owned a very successful house remodeling business, "The House Doctor." Making "special" projects was his favorite hobby.

Gus Reich and June Van Antwerp were marred in Columbus in 1944. From this union, his four surviving children, Darlene (Dail) King, Keith (Vanessa) Reich, Kevin Reich and Desiree Reich, were born. There are also two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. They were later divorced.

When Gus married Bea, he added stepchildren Cindi (Gary) Roth, Steve (Thelma) Bennett, Michael Bennett, Scott Bennett, Casey (Michele) Bennett and Travis Bennett, all of whom also survive him, along with seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Gus is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews whom he dearly loved, and very many wonderful friends.

He was a kindhearted, caring and giving man who will be sorely missed. He holds a special place in all of our hearts. Please, Lord, take good care of him. He's in your hands now.

A very special thanks to Dr. B. Fenton, and Lois and Sherry from RiverStone Hospice, whose kindness and caring is so very much appreciated.

Memorials may be made to RiverStone Hospice or the charity of one's choice.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Inurnment will follow the service at Sunset Memorial Gardens. A reception will follow inurnment at the American Legion on Broadwater.

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