Charles “Chuck” Reinert age 76 of Tracy passed away Friday, May 6, 2016 at Sanford Tracy Hospital. Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 11 at Tracy United Methodist Church, with fellowship and lunch immediately following. Burial will be in Tracy City Cemetery. Memorials to a charity of the donor’s choice are preferred in lieu of flowers in honor of Chuck’s Pay It Forward tradition. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Charles Peter Reinert, ND, PHD, CHt, EFT-ADV, BT P.I.T, was born May 23, 1939 to Ervin V. & Lucille M. (Peterson) Reinert in Tracy, MN. He was the third child with two older sisters Joyce and Jacqueline and one younger sister Kaye. Early on, his passions included fascination with ham radios, helping his dad on the farm and beekeeping, and then playing the clarinet in the band. The passion for radios and tinkering developed into a college aptitude and a desire to quest for explanation to our universe and all of its mysteries, and ventured into Physics. He graduated Tracy High School in 1957. He started at the University of Minnesota and graduated with his B.S. in Physics in 1961 and his Masters in Science in 1963 and his PHD in 1969. He moved to Las Vegas to start his teaching career in Physics before moving back to become a Physics professor at Southwest State University in Marshall, MN where he taught up until 1998 when he “retired”. He also was a beekeeper by heritage and spent the summers training his children and community kids in the trade as well. He spent many years tending to the hives which of course led to more friendships, especially from the great state of South Dakota. But, he eventually realized that life was not about navigating the mysteries of the physical and theoretical world but of people within themselves. Chuck always felt the pull to help and heal and could not stop himself from trying to find answers where modern medicine had not yet been. He explored many treatments and modalities and had his Naturopathy degree. He made many friends and met so many people with so many different stories. He opened his Helping to Heal Clinic in 2003. He also spent his recent spare time (spare time was never much spent sitting except for a nap here and there!) entertaining nursing home residents and the like with his renewed love of music and singing. His family will forever have his voice and songs to remember him by. He was a Master Mason, a position he enjoyed and shared with his beloved son Pete. Throughout he lived and loved. He made time for his family and whatever anyone needed, whoever they were; a friend or a stranger (although never a stranger for long!), he would give his shirt off his back. He found love and happiness in his life which was not perfect each time until he got it just right. He married Judy Geegh in 1968 and born from that love was Peter and Jennifer. He married Caryl Keith in 1981 and born from that love was Charly and shared in that love was Michael and Michelle. Then, he met and fell in love with his true soul mate and married the love of his life Lois in 1991. Shared in that love was Joseph and Nicholas. Chuck then extended his love to all his grandchildren. Lois and Chuck enjoyed nature walks together, canoeing, gardening, canning and salsa. The truth is, Chuck was always into something interesting and fun. If it wasn’t fun, it probably wasn’t worth doing. He wanted everyone to remember the stories and laughter and the good times and to know he is in a better place where the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and the bees are bringing in the best honey around. We hope he has now found all the answers he was seeking and we will see him on the other side.
Charles was preceded in death by his father Ervin, his mother Lucille, his daughter Jennifer, and his younger sister Kaye. He is survived by his wife Lois; son Peter Reinert; daughter Charly (Patrick) Stansbery; step-sons Joseph (Melissa), Nicholas (Teresa) Pallansch, Michael (Laurie) Keith; step-daughter Michelle (Perrie Garland) Keith; beloved grandchildren Hannah, Eirik, Evan, Frija, Keegan, Katrina, Cayley, Morgan, Lucy, and Chase; and siblings Jacqueline (Harold) Deal and Joyce (Walt) Fusty; and many other relatives and good friends.
“I was a sailor, I was born on the tide, and with the sea I did abide. I sailed a schooner round the horn to Mexico. I went aloft and furled the mansail in a blow. And when the yards broke off, they say that I got killed. But I am living still…I’ll always be around and around and around…And I’ll be back again…”