James Earl Reinheller, 87

After a three week battle, James Earl Reinheller, “Cottin” age 87 passed from this life on July 12, 2016 at the Live Care Center in Reno, Nev.

After a three week battle, James Earl Reinheller, “Cottin” age 87 passed from this life on July 12, 2016 at the Live Care Center in Reno, Nev.

His grave side service will be held on Aug. 6, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Petrel Cemetery, Lemmon, S.D.  with Richard Wyman officiating.  He will be buried with military honors.

James was born on Sept. 14, 1929 in Hettinger to Azalia Maud Byers Stephenson Reinheller and Gust Reinheller. His mother passed away on Jan. 2, 1937 and his father moved away leaving a 7 1/2 year old boy on his own.  His grandmother Nettie Byers  took him in and mothered him for two years before her passing in 1939. At this point he moved in with Benton and Marge Byers, where he lived until his paternal aunt took him to Miles City, Montana. His childhood consisted of moving from Miles City to Arizona where he attended school.

At a young age and with a signature from his beloved brother Glenn L Stephenson (Buck) Jim joined the US Navy.  He was assigned to the submarine corps and  his duty consisted of recording the events or the corps with photography.

After his stint in the Navy, Cottin returned to Burbank, Calif. and picked up his photography skills, by doing portraits, especially of children.  He was married and raised a step daughter, (Bonnie Madden) assisting her with her college education.  Cottin then moved to Carson City and began traveling for the Nevada tourism magazine, again taking his photographs.     After that he moved to Virginia City, Nev. and worked for the school system.  He never missed a sporting event as long as he was able to attend.  Cottin was a member of the Virginia City search and rescue squad, was involved with the Ponderosa, where he gave tours into the old gold mines, walked in many parades wearing his Navy uniform, and when the long walk became difficult he rode in vehicles.  Cottin loved parades, he participated in parades in Beatty, Goldfield and Virginia City.

Because of arthritis, Cottin moved to Beatty, Nevada which is close to Death Valley.  His comment was I do not have to shovel snow anymore.  He loved the hot dry climate of southwestern Nevada.  His friends of Beatty became like family to him and many of them assisted him when they could.  Cottin was a very independent individual and did not like to be a bother.  Being a civic minded individual, he was always Uncle Sam in the 4th of July parade and assisted in local activities whenever he could.

For many years Cottin returned to Reeder for his annual visit with his relatives.  He claimed his uncle Benton was like a father to him and Margie and Snookie (Kaye) were like sisters.  His sense of humor kept everyone around him in exceptional spirits and his visit was an event that all anticipated .

Cottin is survived by his nieces, Susan Stephenson (Gary) Doe, Dickinson, ND; Judy Stephenson (Bob) Jensen, La Grande, Oregon, and nephew Glenn (Lenny) Stephenson (Terri) Long Island, New York and cousins Margie Byers (Bob) Frandsen, Reeder, ND and Karen Byers (Brad) Hofland, Belle Fourche, SD;  cousin in law Beverly Ellingson (Tex) Byers; Joe (Kang) Byers, Scottsdale, Arizona, Darlene Byers Fuqua, Bellflower, California, and stepdaughter, Bonnie Madden; numerous great nieces and nephews and extended families.

He was preceded in death by his mother, father, grandparents, sister Gwendolyn Stephenson; his beloved brother Glenn L Stephenson (Buck)and brother Cameron Keith Stephenson (Bim); Sister-in-law Lorraine Pagel Stephenson; Uncle Benton and Aunt Marge Byers, cousins, William E Byers, Daryol Dean Byers and Marilyn Byers Grosulak, and various aunts, uncles and cousins.

Condolences to Cottin’s family can be sent through our website at www.evansonjensenfuneralhome.com.