Cover photo for James Reiten's Obituary
James Reiten Profile Photo
1940 James 2017

James Reiten

March 20, 1940 — March 22, 2017

James Winton “Jim” Reiten of Silver Bay, Minnesota, quietly and peacefully departed this life on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at the Solvay Hospice House in Duluth. Jim was the son of the late Herbert Reiten and Agnes Washnieski Reiten, and was born March 20, 1940 in Washburn, Wisconsin. He attended Ondossagon School, was a veteran of the United States Army, and retired from Northshore Mining. He was a member of the United Protestant Church in Silver Bay.

Jim was married to Deanne Klein Reiten on February 25, 1967 in Mason, Wisconsin. They celebrated their 50th anniversary earlier this year. Jim and Deanne have one son, Trevor James Reiten.

Jim enjoyed being outdoors, and was an avid hunter, fisherman, and gardener. From the award-winning bucks mounted in his home to the first place ribbons for the bounty from his garden, his efforts and work ethic always paid off. Everyone who knew and loved Jim knows that he loved life and loved staying active. He was never one to sit still for more than a few minutes at a time. He was a relentless card player and storyteller, and his family has had much laughter through the tears as they reminisced about the tales he had to tell.

His amazing life and unwavering support will forever be cherished by his wife Deanne, as well as their son, Trevor and daughter-in-law Bobbie Reiten of Andover, MN; grandchildren Hannah Nevels of Hope Mills, NC, and Hal Nevels of Minneapolis, MN; brothers Wayne Reiten, Melvin (Annie) Reiten, Ozzie (Kathy) Reiten, and Herb Reiten all of Mason, WI; sisters Fran (Gary) Steen of Ashland, WI, Peggy (Tom) Hagstrom of Washburn, WI, Tina (Gerry) Hoffman of Ashland, WI, and Melody McDonald of Mason, WI. A host of extended family and friends, both in the US and in Norway, join in the celebration of his life and in mourning his loss.

Services will be held at United Protestant Church in Silver Bay, Minnesota on Friday, March 31, 2017 at 2PM with visitation starting at 1PM. In lieu of flowers, donations to the United Protestant Church in Silver Bay or Solvay Hospice House in Jim’s memory would be welcome. Envelopes will be available at the service, or donations can be made directly online at or via mail at Miller-Dwan Foundation, 502 E. 2nd Street, Duluth, MN 55805. Please note that the gift is to be directed to the Solvay Hospice House.

An additional memorial service will be held near Easter weekend at Faith Lutheran Church in Mason, Wisconsin with burial in Mason Cemetery to follow.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of James Reiten, please visit our flower store.


Visits: 24

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree