Reynold Mathias Nehl

reynold nehl
Reynold Nehl, age 88 of Alta Vista, IA passed away on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at his home with his family by his side. Reynold Mathias Nehl was born February 2, 1927 to Clarence and Elizabeth (Elenz) Nehl on the family farm near Alta Vista. He attended school through the eighth grade. On November 27, 1946, Reynold was united in marriage to the love of his life Delores Rohe at Immaculate Conception Church in North Washington, IA. The couple made their home near Alta Vista. On April 28, 1952 they adopted a son, Charles Michael Nehl. In 1973, Delores and Ray moved their family into Alta Vista where they owned and operated the Del Ray Inn for three and a half years. From 1976 to 1983 he operated his own carpentry business. In 1983 Reynold and Delores purchased the local lumber yard and named it Rays Lumber Yard. The couple retired in 2004. Reynold was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church and Catholic Order of Foresters. He enjoyed dancing with the love of his life. In his younger years he enjoyed playing baseball with his son. More recently, Reynold passed his time playing cards with the card group at Shucky’s, watching the Chicago Cubs and reminiscing with his friends and family. Left to honor his memory is his daughter-in-law, Vickie Nehl of Alta Vista; Four Grandchildren, Michael (Emily) Nehl of Alta Vista, Tom Nehl of Alta Vista, Christy (Adam) Roethler of Alta Vista and Lynn (Tyler Edmiston) Nehl of Monroe, LA; five great-grandchildren, Jayda Nehl, Layne Nehl, Cody Nehl, Titus and Charlie Roethler, and Baby Edmiston soon to be expected; brothers, Kenny (Delores) Nehl, Bill (Mary) Nehl, and Joe (Larraine) Nehl; sisters, Joanne (Wilfred) Walz, Florence (Donald) Boss, his sisters-in-law, Virginia Nehl; Sharon Nehl and Margie Fitzgerald; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of 68 years, Delores on May 10, 2015; his son, Charles “Chuck” Nehl; brothers, Wally Nehl, Lawrence Nehl, Bob Nehl and Ed Nehl; brothers-in-law, Louie Flaherty, Leo Fitzgerald, Gerald Fitzgerald, Bill Fitzgerald and sisters-in-law, Lois Nehl; Mary Flaherty, Annie Fitzgerald and Jean Fitzgerald.

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  1. May your memories of Ray fill your minds at this time. I remember always going to pick up something at the Lumber yard and being from Alta Vista, also; I remember talking with them and sharing in church services with them. They are together in heaven now and sharing in God’s kingdom. Jeanne Roder

  2. My mother Anna Marie Fischbach Rasing shared with us kids the fun times she had growing up with Ray–they were only a couple of months apart in age. There is a multi generation picture ( with my Great Grandparents the Elenz, my grandparents the Fischbach with my mom, and the Nelhs with Ray. It brings back many memories of my childhood and the gatherings at Big Grandma Elenz. You have our sympathy and are in our prayers. Orlin and Janice Rasing Herfindal

  3. Our deepest sympathy to the Nehl family. Reynold was a kind loving man who could visit with you for five minutes and make you feel like his best friend. He will be missed. God bless,, Kris and Ron Markham

  4. To Ray’s Family, I offer my prayers. I did not personally know your family. Having lost my beloved & cherished parents 7 months apart, my heart broke reading you lost your loved ones 4 months apart. The comfort & peace of knowing that they are together for eternity is sustaining within our hearts. God Bless You All. Deb Morrison from Elma, Ia.

  5. Vickie and Christy, sorry to hear about your Father-in-law, and Granpa’s passing! Thinking of you all. take care. Leo Dowd

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