Harvey W. Reinking Jr.
1936 - 2021
Swan-Law Funeral Directors
501 North Cascade Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO
Reinking Jr.

Harvey "Buck" W.

Reinking Jr.

November 6, 1936

September 26, 2021

The world lost a great man last week. Buck passed peacefully in his sleep after a long and ferocious battle with a degenerative neurological disease called progressive supranuclear palsy, PSP.

He is remembered for being curious and brave, kind and generous, comforting, inspiring, encouraging, for being a role model and mostly for his endless love.

Born in Colorado Springs to Harvey W. Reinking, Sr. and Mary E. (Gallagher) Reinking, both deceased, Buck attended Ivywild Elementary School, South Jr. High and Colorado Springs High School (now Palmer), graduating with honors. He attended Colorado College where he played varsity hockey and varsity baseball. He graduated from the University of Colorado with a BS in civil engineering in 1958. He returned to University of Colorado in 1968 and earned his M.B.A.

In 1958 Buck began his career as an engineer, designing intercontinental ballistic missile facilities and structures for the Atomic Energy Commission. He worked as a structural design and project engineer for several companies in Denver, became President of a consulting firm of structural and civil engineering in 1967, then moved to Stresscon Corporation in Colorado Springs in 1970 where he would later serve as Executive Vice President. In 1992 he became President of Iowa Prestress, Concrete and worked there until he retired.

In 1957 Buck married his childhood sweetheart, Carla Ann Rogers. They had, and he is survived by, three children Gary (Christy) of Silverthorne, Karen of Colorado Springs and Julie of Seattle, WA. He is also survived by grandchildren Bryant (Brooke), Rebecca Reinking-Herd and John Herd, all of Colorado Springs and Tyler of Spokane, WA. He had one great-grandson, Caleb, who will be joined by a brother at the end of this month. After Carla's death in 1992, Buck married Patricia Tennant, now deceased, and is survived by Patricia's daughter Teresa Atchison of Dallas, TX. Buck leaves behind two brothers, Richard (Cindy) Reinking of Berthoud, CO and Charles (Janet) Reinking of Colorado Springs.

In the early 1970's Buck and Carla purchased property in Buena Vista, CO. In retirement, Buck was finally able to build the house he designed in his mind when they bought the property. Buck and Patricia loved the Buena Vista community and were very involved in their church, Valley Fellowship Church. The entire family loved the adventures, the fun, the memories and the love shared at the home. Buck moved to Colorado Springs in 2016 when his health began declining.

Buck's brain tissue has been donated to the Mayo Clinic for a research project called CurePSP. The family requests that any memorial donations to be made to CurePSP.org in Harvey W. Reinking's name. Due to the pandemic, the family will hold a private celebration of life. Please eat a cookie, enjoy some plain vanilla ice cream and recall your fondest memory to celebrate Buck.

Published by The Gazette from Oct. 8 to Oct. 10, 2021.
To plant trees in memory, please visit the Sympathy Store.
To offer your sympathy during this difficult time, you can now have memorial trees planted in a National Forest in memory of your loved one.
Funeral services provided by:
Swan-Law Funeral Directors
Add a Message

Not sure what to say?

3 Entries
Our family grew up with the Reinkings in Ivywild. Bucky was a fantastic hockey player and role model to all of us slightly younger then him. My condolences
Jack Speer
October 17, 2021
Thinking of each of you as you celebrate the life of Buck and give thanks for the ways in which he left the world a better place and for how he showed his love and affection for each you. Big hugs.
Annie Danielson
October 14, 2021
Buck and Pat were very active at Valley Fellowship Church while they lived in Buena Vista. We enjoyed serving along side of them and getting to know their story. They were wonderful people that I feel blessed to have known. We'll see you again one day, Buck and Pat!
Bunny Campbell
October 11, 2021
Showing 1 - 3 of 3 results