William “Bill” Theodore Reyenga, 91, of Hope, died Friday, January 18, 2013.
William “Bill” Theodore Reyenga, 91, of Hope, died Friday, January 18, 2013. Mr. Reyenga was born February 27, 1921, in Emmet, to Mamie and Tjeerd Reyenga. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, James and Eddie; sisters, Effie Calhoun and Edith Warren; and his wife, Margie V. Reyenga. He attended the University of Arkansas for three years until he was drafted into the U. S. Army. During his career in the U. S. Army, he served as a medic during World War II for the 423rd Infantry Regiment, 106th Infantry Division. At the Battle of the Bulge, in December, 1944, he was taken prisoner after volunteering to stay behind with the wounded men. He received the Bronze Star, Combat Medical Badge, and Army Commendation Medal for his service during the War. After his liberation from the camps, he returned to Arkansas and married his high school sweetheart, Margie. After the war, he re-enlisted in the Army and worked as a special services officer until his retirement. He coached baseball and basketball teams at the posts where he was stationed and led his teams to many championships. After retirement from the army, he enjoyed careers as a golf pro, in farming, and with the Hope Public Schools. He was an avid fisherman and sportsman. He loved spending time with his many friends and family. He was a loving and generous man who greeted everyone with a smile and a kind word. He was a faithful member of Unity Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday School, and he was a deacon. He was also a Gideon and a Mason. Survivors include his wife, Faye Reyenga, of Hope; sons, Ted Reyenga, Gerald Reyenga and wife, Molly, Stan Reyenga and wife, Liz, and Danny Reyenga and wife, Beverly; daughters, Mary Jane Young and husband, Gary, Judy Garrett and husband, Bruce, and Margie Guercio and husband, Michael; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers, Sebron, Gerald and Johnny; a sister, Ora Pearl and husband, Shorty; and step-daughters, Sandy Parish-Tompkins and Debbie Olson. The family will receive visitors from 6-8 p.m., Monday, January 21, at Brazzel/Oakcrest The Funeral Home of Hope. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 22, at 10 a.m. in the Brazzel/Oakcrest Chapel with Bro. Jay Pollan officiating. Burial will follow in Snell Cemetery in Emmet. Arrangements are by Brazzel/Oakcrest The Funeral Home of Hope, Eddie Brazzel, Director. Online guestbook is at www.brazzelfuneralhomes.com