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Article updated: 9/27/2012 2:44 PM

Retired CLC professor killed by falling tree

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A former College of Lake County professor died after being struck by a falling tree in central Wisconsin, authorities said Thursday.

James A. Reinemann, 67, of Gurnee, was cutting down trees Monday on the farm he owned in Adams County when one struck him, Deputy Medical Examiner Rebecca Koehn said.

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He was taken to a hospital but died of internal injuries, Koehn said.

Reinemann was born in San Diego but raised in DeKalb.

Following service in the U.S. Army in Germany, Reinemann taught business and marketing classes at CLC from 1970 to 2004, said his son, David.

"He was always interested in the stock market and financial institutions," said David Reinemann, of Lake Zurich.

An avid outdoorsman, the elder Reinemann loved hunting and fishing. Recent fishing trips took Reinemann and his family to Mexico and Alaska, his son said.

David Reinemann said his father enjoyed the solitude of the property in Adams County. It was more of a hobby than a working tree farm, he said.

He noted his father died doing something he loved.

In addition to his son, Reinemann's survivors include: his wife, Deborah; his mother; two brothers; two sisters; two daughters; and seven grandchildren.

Visitation is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at Marsh Funeral Home, 305 N. Cemetery Road, Gurnee. A funeral will begin at 4 p.m. at the funeral home.

Donations can be made to the Jim Reinemann Memorial Scholarship fund, in care of the CLC Foundation or to Habitat for Humanity.

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