Lifelong Oklahoma City resident, Fred Robert "Buddy" Reinauer passed away peacefully Sunday, October 13th, 2013 and now rests peacefully with our Heavenly Father. Buddy was born on October 3rd, 1924 to Fred Robert Reinauer and Clara Mae Rutherford Reinauer. Buddy was the middle child with an older sister, Louise-Summers and a younger brother, Franklin Reinauer. The Reinauer name was identifiable whenever people spoke of car dealerships in Oklahoma City. "Reinauer Brother's Motors and Imports", located at 9th and Broadway in Oklahoma City, they sold Chrysler, Triumphs and Studebakers. Buddy followed in his father's footsteps and became the owner/manager of Reinauer Brother's Automotive Company. He continued in this career until 1968.
Buddy attended Central High School, and later transferred to OMA, Oklahoma Military Academy, graduating in 1943. He then enlisted in the United States Army, and following his training at Fort Knox Tennessee, he was assigned to the 771 Tank Regiment under General Patton's Third Army Corp. He participated in both the Battle of the Bulge, and Battle of Leige in Belgium. Buddy was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat.
Upon his return, he met Wilma Mae Atchley, and they were married in April 1945. They had three children, Sheri Louise, Fred Robert III, and Anne Marie. Following his career in the automobile industry, he moved to Hereford, Texas and became a farmer/rancher. This new found passion lasted until 1992, at which time he returned to his roots in Oklahoma City.
Buddy will be remembered by his friends for his quick wit, genuine smile and prankster personality. He never met a stranger and will be missed by many.
Buddy was preceded in death by his wife Wilma, his younger brother Franklin and close friend Barbara Reid. He is survived by his older sister Louise-Reinauer-Summers, his three children, Sheri Reinauer Waugh and husband Scott, his son Fred Robert Reinauer and his wife Judy, and his daughter Anne Marie Reinauer. Buddy has four grandchildren, Scott Waugh, Chris Waugh, Maggie Waugh-Belden, and Megan Elizabeth Reinauer Couples, and six great grandchildren.
Buddy loved life and had many friends. He will be missed by many but he will leave a legacy of laughter and many funny stories. Those stories will be shared by family and friends for years to come. He was a loving husband, super father and great father-in-law.
On Wednesday, October 16th, at 6:30 p.m., there will be a prayer and remembrance service for Buddy. This service will be held at Hahn-Cook/Street &Draper, located at 63rd and Broadway in Oklahoma City.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 17th, 10:00 a.m., at Christ the King Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Edmond, Oklahoma. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Oklahoma Honor Flights serving WWII Veterans or the