Ambrose A. Reihbandt, age 89 of Beaver Dam, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 at Golden Living Center - Continental Manor in Randolph.

Ambrose, who passed away on Jan. 31, didn’t have a full life- he had three or four full lives.   He was born in Beaver Dam on May 17, 1923 to Emil and Agnes (nee Krueger). A child of the Depression he went to work at age 12 on a local farm to help support his family.  He attended St. Michael’s School and graduated from Beaver Dam High School in 1940. At 18 he made his first long journey, a cross-country train trip to California for basic training.  Within a few months Sgt. Reihbandt was serving in the European Theater during the height of WWII.  The driver of a “dragon wagon” Ambrose was part of the 457th Ordnance Evacuation unit responsible for transporting tanks to the battlefield. He took part in the Invasion of Normandy, the Battle of Northern France, the Battle of the Bulge and the Battle of Central Europe.  He served his country proudly and never thought what he did was extraordinary, it was just his duty.  

Ambrose is survived by Susan, his loving wife of 35 years; his son Paul (Heidy) Reihbandt of Cambria; his daughters Kathy Reihbandt of Madison, Patricia Fredrick of Ripon, and Teresa (Jason Mishelow) Drews of Milwaukee; and his four cherished grandchildren: M. Dan Fredrick of Ripon, Carter Ambrose Reihbandt of Cambria, and Harper and Stella Mishelow of Milwaukee.  He is further survived by numerous brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Joseph, Walter, Emil Jr. and Leo and John and a sister Agnes Schroeder

Visitation for Ambrose will take place on Sunday, Feb. 3, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services, 135 Keller Blvd., in Beaver Dam.  Mass of Christian Burial will take place Monday, Feb. 4, at 11 a.m. at St. Katharine Drexel Parish, 408 S. Spring St., Beaver Dam, with a visitation one hour prior to the Mass with  Fr. Mike Erwin officiating.  A luncheon will take place at the American Legion Hall, Post 146, 300 Beichl Ave., Beaver Dam, immediately following the Mass.  Inurnment will take place at a later date at St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery with military honors.  

Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services in Beaver Dam is honored to be serving the family. You may send private online condolences or sign the family’s guest book at www.cstonefs.com.