Glen Reifsnider Obituary

Glen D. Reifsnider
Gene D. Reifsnider
Glen D. Reifsnider

January 17, 1927 - March 30, 2008
Born in Murphysboro, IL
Resided in Urbandale, IA
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Gene D. Reifsnider, 81, died Sunday March 30, 2008 after a brief illness. Gene was born January 17, 1927 in Murphysboro Illinois and was the son of Charles and Beulah Reifsnider. He graduated from Southern Illinois University with degrees in Accounting and Music and in 1943 he sang in the Municipal Opera in St. Louis, Missouri. Following graduation, and after 2 ½ years of military service with the Army during World War II, Gene was offered a full scholarship at the Julliard School of Music, which he declined. He chose to attend law school instead, and subsequently moved to Des Moines to attend Law School at Drake University. He received his Juris Doctor from Drake in 1951where he graduated summa cum laude, and where he also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Drake Law Review.

He married Barbara Ann Bender in Des Moines on May 23, 1952 and they resided in Des Moines and West Des Moines throughout their marriage, until recently moving to The Reserve in Urbandale. Gene had a long and successful career in the Advanced Marketing Department at Bankers Life Insurance Company, now known as Principal Financial Group, retiring after 30 plus years as Vice President, Marketing Services. At Bankers he was instrumental in the development of new products and concepts in the life insurance industry, was highly respected for his dedication and support to the field and to the company, and will be well remembered for his many outstanding contributions, including those to the Wall Street Journal. During his career he also served on the Board of the College for Financial Planning and was deeply involved in continuing education for the insurance industry. Gene also was a dedicated supporter of the American Mock Trial Association, serving as one of the original founders of that organization in 1985 and for many years serving as a competition judge annually.

After he retired from Bankers Life, Gene remained active in many law-related activities. Of note, he was privileged to become a U.S. Delegate to the first International Law Institute held in Moscow where he had the honor of meeting and advising Premier Gorbachev on US constitutional law.

Surviving are Gene's beloved wife Barbara, daughters Margo Lee Petrus and her husband Gary, and Marla Gene Lacey, all of Des Moines, step-son Gerald Madero and his wife Susan of Sedona, Arizona, three grandchildren and five great grandchildren. At Gene's request no services will be held. His wishes were for memorial contributions to be made to either the Drake Law School Annual Fund, Drake University, Office of Alumni and Development, 2507 University Ave. Des Moines, IA 50311-4505 or to the American Mock Trial Association 2700 Westown Parkway, Suite 220 West Des Moines, IA 50266-1411.

Gene lived life fully, traveled extensively, and dearly loved his family, his friends and his animals. Gene was in turn loved deeply by his family and will be greatly missed.





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West Des Moines, IA 50266-1411