Reuben A. Steinwand, 83, of Langdon, ND, passed away Tuesday, July 25, 2023, at Maple Manor Care Center in Langdon.
Reuben Steinwand was born January 27, 1940, to Alfred and Lydia (Wentz) Steinwand at Washburn, ND. He joined a brother, Elmer, and was followed by seven more siblings. They farmed near Garrison, ND, and later Washburn, ND. He attended country school in Wheeler Township and went on to graduate from Washburn High School in the class of 1958. Following high school, he spent eight years in the military reserves. Reuben was asked by various farmers and businesses to work for them in Washburn. He worked in a service station with a friend, then at a car dealership, followed by 6 ½ years working for West River Telephone. Reuben purchased a pontoon and enjoyed weekends on Lake Sakakawea.
Reuben was united in marriage to Jeannie Lundgren in May of 1968. They lived in Hazen, ND, until 1972 when they moved to the family farm near Wales, where they farmed and raised three boys: Dean, Chad, and Wade. They belonged to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Moscow Township until its closing and then United Lutheran in Langdon. He served as a Minto Township officer for 25 years. The family was engaged in farming with many stories about harvest to be told. On the CB, Reuben (River Rat) would call his wife, Jeannie (Paper Plate), and tell her what to do. The family enjoyed camping at Pleasant Valley Campground and at the family cabin near Rock Lake, Manitoba. Reuben enjoyed watching TV, especially sports, and doing word finds.
They retired from farming and moved to Langdon in 2003, and their first grandchild arrived a few months later. In his retirement from farming, Reuben put in his first-ever job application at the age of 65 with Marvin Windows. He enjoyed working with the round top windows.
Reuben is survived by his wife, Jeannie, of Langdon; sons: Dean (Marnie) of Willmar, MN, Chad of Fargo, ND, and Wade of Fargo, ND; grandchildren: Gavin, Isabella, Sophia, and Gabriel; brothers and sister: Arlie (Marsha), Clayton, Curtis, and Darlene Thompson; and sister-in-law Bonnie Rand. Preceding him in death were his parents and siblings: Elmer, Harold, Paulette, and Clarence.
Reuben loved his family dearly!
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 5, 2023, at the Brooks Funeral Home in Langdon, ND, with visitation starting one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to Cavalier County Cancer Crusaders, Our Savior’s/Moscow Cemetery, Lebanon Cemetery, or Hospice of the Red River Valley.