Uwe Jens Reimer - age: 81
(February 21, 1934 to October 04, 2015
Three Rivers, California
Born in Rendsburg, Germany
February 25, 1934
Passed away unexpectedly at home in Three Rivers, California
October 4, 2015
He was 81 years old.
We have lost this energetic and talented, challenging & generous person. Uwe lived his life without compromise. His high ethical standards flowed into his business and personal relationships. His talents in cooking, baking & creating chocolate, candy & ice cream treats established Reimer’s Candies as a household name and a magnet destination to Three Rivers. He and his wife Nancy owned and operated the Candy Store for 27 years.
Uwe was the first one of his family to emigrate to the United States in December of 1955. He was 21 years old. He shared his life story from a childhood in wartime Germany to cooking at the Clift Hotel in San Francisco (one dinner for President Eisenhower), to other careers & personal experiences. As an A&E licensed mechanic, Uwe worked on jet engines at the United Air Lines Maintenance Base in San Francisco. He served as a district manager for Sambo’s Restaurants overseeing operations for 14 restaurants from Lodi to Palmdale and all across the San Joaquin Valley.
He took numerous voyages aboard container ships. One such trip took Uwe and his wife Nancy halfway around the world for three months. They sailed through both the Panama & Suez Canals, then by ground and air to Shanghai & sites in Cambodia.
He was a proud US Marine…one story sees Uwe walking up to a table of fresh marines enjoying themselves outside a North Beach Restaurant during San Francisco’s Fleet Week. Pulling his Marine Corp identification card out of his wallet (Sergeant), he proudly presented it to the young men. They eagerly examined it, and then respectfully stood to shake his hand & thank him for his service…Semper Fi.
Uwe’s home orchard flourished with oranges, lemons, kumquats & mandarins, apples & quince, peaches, pears, prunes and other edibles. “The trees aren’t just pretty with their spring blossoms; they grow fruit!” He made jams & chutneys, sweet yeast breads and Asian pear apple sauce. His famous “Uwe Bread” (freshly ground wheat flour from his little mill, yeast & sour doughs, olives, spices, herbs & German beer…) was a treasured gift for many people. He delighted in giving away the products of his kitchen & orchard.
The way Uwe lived his life & the advice he gave to several generations of employees echoes in telephone calls, letters, notes & stories which have come back to us over many years. Uwe impacted young people and dramatically altered their lives for the better by instilling discipline and giving Old School wise direction. He affected the people he worked with, and many others he knew casually, as well as family and friends. Uwe enjoyed life & lived it to the fullest. He worked hard & challenged others to go after their dreams. An ax in his old briefcase still stands as a monument to ending the corporate life & striking out on your own path.
“Perfection is Beauty & Beauty is Everything”
Challenge yourself; keep on learning. Read, question, discuss. One dear friend remembers decade long heated discussions about the conductors of classical music. Conversations lasted late into the early morning ~ cognac ~ Karajan or Furtwangler?
“Pick friends you can learn from.” “A good President (manager) is one who can make decisions before events force him to make a decision.”
Many quotes he gleaned from famous people: Herbert von Karajan, Harry Truman and his mother.
Uwe-Jens Reimer is unforgettable. He lived his life with integrity and a code he stood by...definite & honest & strong. He served as an anchor for the many lives he touched.
To Love Greatly is to Sorrow Greatly,
But to not Love is to not Live at all.
Thank You Sweetheart,
For 43 years
Of Shared Love & Laughter, Work, Travel & Adventure.
Until Death Do Us Part
I Miss You