Dr. Jules L. “Jerry” Reinhardt, age 83, of Lapeer died at home Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 after suspending treatment of a long term illness.
Jules was born December 31, 1932 in Red Wing, Minnesota to Helen (Werner) Reinhardt and Jules P. Reinhardt. Jules spent his youth on a farm situated on the banks of the Mississippi River in Hager City, Wisconsin. Jules graduated from Red Wing High School in 1952. He received a B.S. Degree from N.E. Missouri State University and Graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1959.
Jules married his high school sweetheart, Marilyn Greystock Dartt in 1954. They attended medical school together. After medical school Jules practiced medicine in Red Wing with Dr. Clifford F. Dartt. In 1963 Jules and Marilyn moved to Lapeer where Jules continued to practice medicine for over half a century.
Jules was the Medical Director of the Lapeer County Medical Care Facility and a Clinical Professor of Medicine for Michigan State University for over 45 years. He was the longest serving doctor with Lapeer Regional Hospital, having also acted as Chief of Staff.
Jules was dedicated to his patients and the practice of medicine. Over the years, “Doc” provided free medical care to thousands. He never cared about money. He was dual board certified in family practice and sports medicine. He was attending physician for many amateur and professional athletic teams and events including the U.S. Olympic Boxing Team.
Jules himself was a very talented athlete. He was a Golden Gloves boxer and All State football player. He attended Minnesota State University – Mankato, on a full athletic scholarship where he also competed on the gymnastics team.
When not at work, Jules was a true cowboy at heart who loved spending as much time as possible with his beloved horses. He was a member of the Lapeer County Mounted Posse for over 50 years. He also enjoyed shooting, skiing, hunting, fishing, camping, farming and raising livestock. If not for the scholarship, he had planned for a career as a forest ranger. The outdoors was his true home.
Jules was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Richard, and his wife Marilyn. He is survived by his five children and seven grandchildren. Jules disliked funerals and never wanted anyone to be sad, so no public memorial service is planned. He would wish that you just think fondly of him now and then. In lieu of donations, cards or flowers the family requests that you share stories, memories and especially photos by posting them to www.jansenfuneralhome.com or mailing them to the family at his office address; 1457 Suncrest Dr., Lapeer MI 48446.Jules
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