Stillwater News Press


March 25, 2014

Dr. David Linn Reinecke

Dr. David Linn Reinecke, a longtime Cushing physician, passed away Monday in Oklahoma City at the age of 62.

A celebration of his life will be at 10 a.m., Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Cushing. Arrangements are entrusted to Palmer Marler Funeral Home, Cushing.

David was born on June 1, 1951, in Manhattan, Kan., to Marvin and Alice (Herr) Reinecke.  He grew up in Bartlesville, graduating from Bartlesville High School in 1969. David attended Oklahoma State University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Biology in 1973. He went on to medical school at the University of Oklahoma, graduating in 1977.   

David married the love of his life Cathy Amberg on Feb.13, 1982, in Oklahoma City. They lived in Osawatomie, Kan. where he worked in public health for a few years before moving to Cushing in 1984.

In Cushing, David began his career in internal medicine practice.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the O.S.M.A., A.M.A. and a Rotarian. David had many hobbies. One that he is most remembered for was his love for wine and fine food. He began collecting wine in 1975.

He and Cathy have traveled to Napa, France and Italy to experience how the wine was made and sample the local cuisine.

He had amazing handwritten journals, ledgers and notes to chronicle his collection.  He liked to cook for close family and friends and plan the wine to accompany the meal. Some of the best Saturday’s and holidays were spent enjoying these meal that David prepared.  David also enjoyed hunting and nature in general. David loved spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Cathy of the home; daughter, Jill Clark and husband Ryan of Chicago, Ill.; sons, Brad Reinecke of Cushing and Jeff Reinecke of Stillwater; mother, Alice Reinecke of Bartlesville; sisters, Marla James and husband George of Cincinnati, Ohio, Ruth Birgeles and husband Tom of New York City, Lilli Lessinger and husband Ray of Lorena, Texas; brother, John Reinecke, and numerous nieces and nephews

He was preceded in death by his father.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, 825 NE 13th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73104.

Condolences and online guest book are available at

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