In Memoriam, Two Hometown Pillars

Kiel lost two important members of the community in the past few days.

- Eugene "Butch" Reineck, my cheerful neighbor since childhood and the longest tenured member of the famed Kiel Municipal Band in its history with 63 years on the trombone.

- My great uncle Charlie, always active in the community and encouraging to me, he built and maintained a family business with my grandfather.

They will be missed, and my sympathy goes out to the families.  I regret that I wasn't able to attend the funerals.