William Reif, 82, of Spencer passed away suddenly at his home in Spencer on July 8, 2022. Visitation with family present will be from 6-8 pm on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at Kinzley Funeral Home in Salem. Funeral mass will begin at 10 am on Thursday, July 14, 2022 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Salem.
William (Bill) was born July 4, 1940 to Vernal & Lucy (McCullough) and passed away at home on July 8, 2022. Bill grew up between Spencer and Salem. He graduated from Spencer High School in 1958. He married the love of his life, Kathleen Kinzley on August 20, 1960 at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Salem. Bill worked at Spencer Quarries after high school for 10 years, then at Ross Laboratories and Commercial Asphalt in Mitchell before starting at Farmers Union (Cenex) in Spencer, and then Salem, where he managed the bulk fuel deliveries. He enjoyed working with horses, small livestock and machinery in his spare time. In his later years, he loved visits from family - especially grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was always ready for a family hunting trip. Bill also loved playing cards with his station buddies, watching the Vikings and working on puzzles.
He was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Spencer until the 1998 tornado when he joined St. John Neuman Parish of Farmer and presently of St Mary Catholic Church of Salem. He was a member of the Spencer Fire Department for more than 40 years.
Those still here to treasure memories of Bill are his wife, Kathleen; Dan (Kim Frock) of Miller; Scott (Sharon) of Spencer, Sherry (Terry) Kirby of Mitchell, Gary (LaVonne) of Jackson, MN; and Mark (Loni) of Wessington Springs. 6 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 5 grandchildren from Thailand, Panama and Portugal & his Burnham family nieces.
Bill is predeceased by his parents; sister, Verene Burnham; brother-in-law Byron Burnham; sister-in-law Roberta Kinzley; and grandson Matthew Reif.
Blessed be the life of Bill Reif. www.kinzleyfh.com