NICOLLET — Rinehard “Rhiny” Tretter, 92, of New Ulm and formerly of Nicollet, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, at the New Ulm Medical Center in New Ulm. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Nicollet with Father Edward J. Ardolf celebrating the Mass. Burial will be in the Soldier’s Rest Section of the New Ulm City Cemetery. Full military honors will be conducted at the cemetery by the Post No. 510 Honor Guard. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday and from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Nicollet. There will be a parish prayer service at 7 p.m. Friday at the church. Minnesota Valley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. www.mvfh.org
Rhiny is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and James Berbee, of Minnetonka, Sandra and Carl Zeidler, of New Ulm; son and daughter-in-law, James and Connie Tretter, of Brainerd; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary Ann Hillmer, of St. Paul, Catherine Dimmick, of Freeport, Ill.; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lorna Tretter on Aug. 4, 1984; two sisters; and seven brothers.
Rinehard C. Tretter was born on July 5, 1920, in Lastrup to Christ and Clara (Vosen) Tretter. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII from Dec. 5, 1944 to Oct. 24, 1946. On Sept. 27, 1944, he was united in marriage to Lorna Ann Westphal at the Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Peter. After marriage they farmed in rural Nicollet until 1949 when they moved into Nicollet. Rhiny worked for 30 years as a custodian at the Nicollet Public School. After retiring he worked some construction and also worked at Hewitt Roll - A - Dock in Nicollet. Rhiny was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Nicollet and a member of the Nicollet American Legion Post No. 510. Memorials are preferred to St. Paul’s Catholic Church or Ridgeway on German.