A Wahoo, Neb., pastor known for always lending a helping hand has died in an ATV accident in Nance County.
The Rev. Robert Reimer, 68, was found Friday in a pasture near Belgrade, said Nance County sheriff's deputy Brent Beekman.
Reimer was spraying weeds on his property when the four-wheel, all-terrain vehicle he was driving rolled over on top of him, Beekman said. He had gone out on Thursday and was discovered the next day.
Reimer had been pastor of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Wahoo since 1996.
Church president Dan Krueger said Reimer had a herd of cattle on his property in Belgrade and was known to travel there about twice weekly.
“He was such a loved member and leader of the congregation,” Krueger said.
Reimer was always willing to help, he said, whether it was removing a fallen tree or offering support during trying times.
And he went out of his way to speak with and get to know just about everyone in town, said church treasurer Ken Schuette.
“As a farmer, without irrigation, you have to trust the Lord for results,'' Reimer told The Associated Press in a 2006 interview. “In the congregation, it's the same deal. My job is to preach. I plant the seed and trust God for the results.''
Reimer fulfilled a number of duties at the church.
Schuette said theirs was one of few churches without a secretary. It was Reimer who created all the church bulletins on his home computer, made copies and folded them for the Sunday morning service.
“I don't think anyone realizes all the things he did for the church,” Schuette said.
An impromptu prayer meeting was organized after receiving the news Friday. About 80 people attended, the usual number of people who fill the pews on Sundays, Krueger said.
“It's a testimony to how much care the congregation had for the pastor,” he said.
Krueger said he hopes that Reimer's death could be an opportunity for people to renew their faith and make their way back to church. Saturday night and this morning's services were scheduled with another pastor, Krueger said.
Reimer was preceded in death by his wife, Connie, in 1986. He is survived by his five adult children and several grandchildren.
He was born in Canada and grew up in North Dakota. He spent many years leading Lutheran churches throughout Nebraska before he accepted the post at Our Redeemer in Wahoo.
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