Nancy A. Reuter

Nancy A. Reuter, age 72 of Peosta, completed her earthly journey on Monday, March 11, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family.  To celebrate Nancy’s life, a private family service is being held.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Nancy’s family.


Nancy was born on July 23, 1946 in Dubuque, Iowa a daughter to Robert “Bob” and Rita (Kane) Knockel.  Upon completing high school, Nancy began her career at Mercy Hospital in the Data Processing Department.  She would faithfully devote over 30 years there before finally retiring.  Nancy did find a little spare time to work outside of her full-time responsibilities at Mercy as a bartender at both The American Legion Hall, Post #6 and at the Rainbow Lounge.  She made many friends at all 3 places and her contagiously joyful spirit was always on display.  Nancy was also blessed in her love life at home and spent many wonderful years being united in marriage to her true love, Dale Reuter.  The couple continually displayed what real commitment looked like and their devotion to one another will carry on as a fine example for future generations to follow.


Nancy was a uniquely driven woman who never passed up an opportunity to have a little excitement when the moments presented themselves.  She always enjoyed an evening out bowling with family and friends, but if the sky was clear and the winds were light, you could easily catch her out on her Harley getting in a relaxing ride.  Possibly, one of her favorite memories though was the day she was able to race a 1957 Chevy at Cordova Raceway.  She would carry the excitement of that day with her the rest of her life and no one would ever have to doubt if Nancy truly understood the real-life principal that we only live once.


When her work and playtime was done is where Nancy managed to discover absolute contentment in life.  Relaxing and visiting with those she loved is what she lived for.  Work was necessary, excitement was fun, but the downtime to simply decompress away the stress of the day was where Nancy thrived.  If you held a special place in her heart, she made sure you always knew it.  If you needed a friend to share with, she could be there, and if you wanted to find a brighter light in your day, she would definitely be it.  Nancy lived life on some very simple terms; live for today, laugh for tomorrow, love forever, and whenever possible let them hear a determined “Yoo-Hoo” just to let them know you care.  We will miss you Nancy, we will embrace the memories you leave behind, and we will wait patiently for the day we will finally get to see your beautiful smile again!  Thank you for being you Nancy and may the Lord give you peace from your earthly struggles and labors dear.    


Those left behind to cherish the memory of Nancy include,

her loving husband,

Dale Reuter, Peosta, Iowa;


her children,

Liberty “Libby” Tupper, Nevada, Iowa,

Dana Reuter, Dubuque, Iowa,

and Troy (Cathy Quade) Reuter, Dubuque, Iowa;


her grandchildren,

Abby Tupper, Gillian Tupper, Morgan Tupper, Drew Fulks, Gabrielle Fulks, Fallon Opperman, Jamie (Adi) Opperman, Alyssa (Jake Salwolke) Giancola, Samuel (Megan Jones) Debes-Reuter, Aislinn Reuter and Danielle Reuter;


her great-grandchildren,

Landon Opperman and Lana Opperman;


her siblings,

Gary (Joanie) Knockel, Gurnee, Illinois,

and Bev Knockel, Dubuque, Iowa;


along with several nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.


Nancy was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Andrew Fulks; her daughter, Carol in infancy; and her brothers, Bucky Knockel and Jake Knockel.


A Nancy A. Reuter memorial fund has been established which will be distributed among some of Nancy’s favorite charities.  Memorial donations may be sent directly to Nancy’s family at 14907 Route 20, #18, Peosta, Iowa, 52068-8072.


Nancy’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital, especially her 3rd floor comfort nurse, for all of the wonderful, professional and compassionate care they provided to Nancy, and her family.  They would also like to thank her Super Special Friends, Julee (Bill) Miller-Smith, Judy and Betty for all of the unconditional love, time and attention you have given so abundantly.  May God bless all of you for your kindnesses!


Online condolences may be shared with Nancy’s family at



To celebrate Nancy’s life, a private family service is being held.

2 comments on “Nancy A. Reuter
  1. Wanda Atchison says:

    Sending hugs and prayers to Nancy’s family. I know she will be missed by all. I remember many times on Riker Street visiting with my aunt Rita and my cousins when I was younger. 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  2. Diane Knockel says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of our cousin Nancy. Our memories of her will be forever in our hearts.
    Deepest sympathy to all of her family.

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