James Allen Reisch, 72, Luverne, died Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne.
A memorial visitation was Saturday, July 21, at the Hartquist Funeral Home in Luverne.
James Reisch was born Sept. 20, 1945, to Marcel and Eileen (Magnuson) Reisch in Mitchell, South Dakota. He was raised in Howard, South Dakota, and attended St. Agatha Catholic School. Jim then enlisted into the United States Marines where he was stationed in San Diego, California. He then returned to South Dakota and began driving truck hauling gravel for a company that was then a part of constructing Interstate 90.
Jim married Sandy Morrison on Dec. 22, 1967, at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Luverne. They first made their home in St. Charles, Illinois, where Jim worked as an electrician. After a time, they returned to Luverne and Jim worked for the city of Luverne. In 1974 he began driving truck for Don Hubbling. A short time later, Jim purchased a 1979 White-Freightliner truck and leased the truck to different companies. In 1993 he became half-owner of R&R Trucking. In 2013 Jim and his son, Nick, started Reisch Trucking.
Jim was a member of St. Catherine Catholic Church. He enjoyed racing, tractor pulling, cooking, and spending time with his grandchildren. He was well-known for his hard work ethic, his generosity and his trucking stories.
Jim is survived by his wife, Sandy; seven children, Kim (Ferlin) VanderPoel of Harrisburg, South Dakota, Jody (Sharla) Reisch of Luverne, Tammy (Mike) Schaap of Leota, Bobbi (Mert) Kracht, Annie (Jamie) Bonnett, Nick Reisch, and Josh Reisch (friend, Dawn Hadler), all of Luverne; 23 grandchildren, Kalina VanderPoel (Steven Althoff), Brett (Marissa) VanderPoel, Kelsey VanderPoel, Jonathon and Andrew Reisch, Amanda, Wyatt and Mitchell Schaap, Trevor, Jackson, Kacie, Cade, Allie and Caleb Kracht, Payne, Brody and Morgan Bonnett, Madison, Charles and Rocco Reisch, and Dylan, Gavin and Jordyn Reisch; four great-grandchildren, Apollo Althoff, Stella and Kane VanderPoel, and Aiden Skyberg; ten siblings, Barb (Gary) Mensen of Lubbock, Texas, Pat (Cliff) Roush of Liberty, Missouri, Peggy (Bob) Klinsing of Ihlen, Kelly Richmond of Raymore, Missouri, Mike (Kathy) Reisch of Sioux Falls, Mary Jo (Gale) Benson of Sioux Falls, Terry (Lou) Reisch of Luverne, Michelle Rozeboom of Garretson, South Dakota, Jerry (Christy) Reisch of Luverne, and Paula (Kevin) Spykerboer of Rock Rapids, Iowa; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marcel and Eileen Reisch.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.