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Robert Reichle

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[February 24, 2010]  LINCOLN -- Robert D. Reichle, 85, of Lincoln, died Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, at 4:50 p.m. at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

A funeral Mass for Mr. Reichle will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holy Family Church, with the Rev. Jeffrey G. Laible officiating. Visitation will be at the church for two hours prior to the service.

Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by American Legion Post 263.

Peasley Funeral Home in Lincoln is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Reichle retired after owning Reichle LP Gas Co. for 32 years and 24 years in the jewelry business with The Little Indian Shop.

He served in the U.S. Air Force in the European Theater as a top turret gunner on B-24 bombers during World War II.

He was born Nov. 28, 1924, in Lincoln, the son of Ralph and Ethel Voyles Reichle. He married M. Cozette Rothwell on June 20, 1959, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Lincoln.

He is survived by his wife; one daughter Linda (and Steve) Wurth of Lincoln; three grandchildren, Craig, Chad and Clint Wurth; two great-grandchildren, Lezli and Linzie Wurth of Norman, Okla.; one sister, Mary Awe Brisco of Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and a life member of Knights of Columbus Council 1250. He was also a member of American Legion Post 263, Elks Lodge 914 and Moose Lodge in Lincoln, and a former member of the Illinois LP Gas Association.

He graduated from the Hartsburg High School in 1943 and later from Lincoln College.

He loved his popcorn and enjoyed fishing, movies and going to the Paradise Casino. He loved his family and friends.

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