Roman John (John) Reichensperger, Jr., 82, of Ely, dies

Roman John (John) Reichensperger, Jr., 82, of Ely, Minnesota and San Antonio, Texas passed away peacefully in the arms of his wife on June 30, 2018 at the Solvay Hospice House in Duluth, Minnesota. John had battled Hodgkins Lymphoma for 20 years.
There will be a gathering to celebrate John’s life at their lake home on Eagles’s Nest Lake #3 on Sunday, July 8, at 12:30 PM. Formal funeral services will be held later in July in San Antonio, Texas. Burial will follow in late July at the Reichensperger family plot in St. Joseph, Minnesota.
John was born to Roman and Theresa Reichensperger on January 20, 1936 in Waite Park, MN. He graduated from St. Cloud Technical High School and furthered his studies at IBM, Honeywell, US Federal Emergency Management Institute and was a veteran of the United States Army Reserve.
He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus until his passing, and was a member of St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas. He owned and operated a business in Ely, MN for many years. In Ely, John was the director of Emergency Management, and a member of the Eagles Nest Township fire department. He was a past president of the Rotary Club in Ely. After a move to Superior, WI in 1992, he was the Director of Emergency Management for the City of Superior as well as Douglas County. He was also a Deputy Sheriff for Douglas County, WI.
Retirement just wasn’t for him, so he continued on with is Emergency Management working for FEMA on deployment for federal emergencies. He also became a reservist for the Department of Homeland Security.
He truly enjoyed his time with his grandchildren, fishing, traveling, woodworking and motorcycling.
John was preceded in death by his mother and father, his brother Frederick, his sister Julienne Schreifels, and his first wife, Mary Erchul Reichensperger.
John is survived by his loving wife, Karen, sons Robert (Jodi), Thomas (Theresa), and daughter Anne (Greg) Flaim, stepdaughter Andrea Mokros (Brian Dare), and stepson Peter (Melissa) Mokros. He is survived by brothers Charles (Connie), and Eugenio (Cathy). John is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, Duane (Jenny), Chad (Mallory), Elizabeth (Jason) Curtis, Robert Jr., Samantha, Hannah, Greyson, Nathan, Chester Mokros, Tigue and Shane Dare, and great-grandchildren, Tatum, Pejah, Kyla, Brayden, Emerson, Gabriel, and Conor Dare.
The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to The Solvay Hospice House in Duluth and the Ely Area Hospice Program for providing exceptional care as well as providing comfort and support to our family during this time.