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Gary C. Reisinger
December 5, 2023
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Gary Reisinger was born in Eldora, Iowa, to Kenneth and Vera Reisinger on March 6, 1950. Gary and his two older brothers grew up within the confines of the livestock sales pavilion in Eldora, which had three sales per week and a three-day horse and pony sale every spring and fall. In addition to helping out at the sale barn, Gary showed ponies throughout Iowa and the surrounding states through the KE Reisinger and Sons family business. The Reisinger family lived on a small acreage adjacent to the sale barn and fed sheep and cattle in addition to raising ponies.
Gary attended Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls and Morningside University in Sioux City, Iowa. After graduating from college, Gary worked for the family business which included a post in the far-flung state of New Jersey. Through that position Gary met Dunnie Sorensen, a man with whom he became lifelong friends and was the catalyst for Gary moving back to Iowa and relocating to Goldfield. Gary worked with Dunnie and Sadie Sorensen for more than ten years going to livestock auctions and buying cattle and hogs. He also worked for Leon Farrow for several years buying cattle and became a well-known and respected cattle buyer throughout the Midwest. Gary went on to buy cattle for his brothers, Tama Pack, Packerland and many other companies throughout the Midwest. In recent years, Gary even dabbled in the cow-calf industry with his nephew.
While cattle paid the bills, Gary also maintained a life-long relationship with horses and the horse industry, fostered by his father’s pony business. Gary owned and partnered with friends and family on Paints, Quarters, and multiple Thoroughbreds over his lifetime and had significant success both as an owner and as a breeder of race horses. Gary spent many days throughout the year on the road at livestock sales, but his greatest love was his adopted community of Goldfield, Iowa. His talent buying livestock brought him to Goldfield, but the people he met in Goldfield were the reason he stayed for the remainder of his life. Gary was adopted by the community and felt early on he had met what would be lifelong friends within the Goldfield/Eagle Grove area. He felt so strongly about the community he purchased a bar in the heart of Goldfield so that he could have a place to spend time with friends (or at least that was the story he told us).
Gary was an incredible friend to everyone and a fantastic son, brother, and uncle. He offered memorable and insightful comments in conversation even though he was known as a man of few words. He valued relationships above all else and cared deeply for his friends and family.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Vera Reisinger, and his brother and sister-in-law Gregg and Sandra Reisinger.
He is survived by his girlfriend, Liz Simental; brother Gordon Reisinger and sister-in-law Barbara Reisinger. He is also survived by all four of his nieces and nephews: Kathy Walker, Kristen Gilcrest, Todd Reisinger, and Mark Reisinger.