Reginald J. Feist, 75, of Bowman, ND died on July 23, 2012 at the St. Alexius Hospital in Bismarck.
Posted on August 9, 2012
Reginald J. Feist, 75, of Bowman, ND died on July 23, 2012 at the St. Alexius Hospital in Bismarck. Funeral Services for Reg were held at 1:00 on Friday, July 27, 2012 at the St. Charles Catholic Church in Bowman. Fr. David Morman officiated with burial following in the St. Charles Catholic Cemetery. Visitation began on Thursday, from 9-9 at the Krebsbach/Kulseth Funeral Home Chapel.
Reginald James Feist was born on November 4, 1934. He was raised in a one room farm house in Ludlow, South Dakota. He turned out to be the oldest of six children born to Merwin and Camilla Feist. He started his school days in a one room schoolhouse (Cox School) among children from kindergarten to 8th grade. Because of the close proximity to the upper classmen as well as his huge intelligence he skipped two grades and at 14 he went to Bowman High School, where he was active in sports as well as academia. In 1951 at the age of 18 he attended college at the School of Mines in South Dakota. After 2 years he transferred to South Dakota State in Brookings. Then he attended the University of Washington for a very short time. In 1956 he was drafted into the Army and eventually ended up at Fort Sheridan in Illinois.
He then met the love of his life, Irene Organ. They got married on November 28, 1959 and lived in Illinois for over 40 years. After seven years of marriage they had their one and only child, Cindy Ann. Reg worked as a draftsman and then as an engineer for many years. His final job was as the manager of manufacturing at W. H. Salisbury in Skokie, Illinois. He retired in 1998 when he and his wife moved back to Bowman, North Dakota.
In 2003, his daughter and the one and only granddaughter moved to Bowman as well. Previously, his daughter was the light of his life, and then Lacey, the granddaughter came along. Then all of his focus was on the activities of his favorite girl in the world. He watched her grow and was proud of her everyday. His every waking moment was concerned with what fun things they would do and as he aged, he wanted to hear a play by play of all her sports and achievements. She was truly the reason he got up in the morning. He loved being at home and dreaming of that one million dollar idea. He loved his wife, daughter, son in law and brothers and sisters but no one was more important to him than his granddaughter. Even as his body failed, his mind was clear.
He was always trying new projects and ways to make money. He collected stamps and coins and had a love of barn boards. He loved music, especially country but every now and then a heavy guitar melody worked too. He liked Polka music and would listen to it for hours on a Saturday night. He was a good dancer and was known to go out dancing with his wife quite frequently. Every Friday night was date night for Reg and Irene and they went to their favorite restaurant to eat and visit with friends.
Reg is survived by his daughter and son- in -law, Cindy and James Ornsbey of Bowman, granddaughter Lacey, 3 sisters and 2 brother- in laws, Sharon and Jerry Maychrzak, Karen and Wayne Miller, Bev Vatne, 2 brothers and sisters- in laws, Darrell and Karen Feist and Randy and Carol Feist, as well as lots of neices and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene and his parents, Merwin and Camilla Feist.