Francis “Mike” Regenwether, 80, of Centerville, passed away Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 at Centerville Nursing and Rehab Center in Centerville.
Mike was born March 13, 1933 in Maquoketa, the son of Clarence M. and Helen A. (Ralston) Regenwether. He was raised in Maquoketa and graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1950. Mike enlisted in the United States Navy on May 22, 1952. He served his country faithfully in the Korean War.
On July 12, 1958 Mike married Frances Charlene Crouch at the First Baptist Church in Maquoketa. To this union, Patrick Regenwether was born in 1960.
Mike first began employment after high school with Clinton Engines in Maquoketa. Mike and Charlene later moved to Washington D.C. when Mike became employed with Coca-Cola. During his three year period of employment in Washington D.C. he first worked in delivery with the company. Mike later transitioned into maintenance with Coca-Cola. Mike and Charlene would relocate to Dubuque in 1966. They enjoyed being back in their home state and moreover, Mike was able to continue employment with Coca-Cola. He eventually went to work as a repairman with Montgomery Ward. Mike’s term of employment with Montgomery Ward spanned several years until his retirement in 1984. He later became manager of the Forest Lake Baptist Camp located south of Ottumwa. His career in management with Forest Lake Baptist Camp began in January of 1985 and lasted until his retirement in 1994. Mike and Charlene moved to Centerville in 1994.
Even in retirement Mike continued volunteering his time to numerous groups and organizations. He was named Layman of the Year by Mid-American Baptist Men in 2005. Mike held several positions in the Mid-American Baptist Church throughout his lifetime, including youth leader, treasurer and trustee. He also continued volunteer work at Forest Lake Baptist Camp. Mike even traveled to Nicaragua on a missions trip for a week in order to help build a medical clinic. He was a long time member of the First Baptist Church in Ottumwa.