Uwe-Jens Reimer of Three Rivers was born February 25, 1934, in Rendsburg, Germany. He passed away unexpectedly at his home in Three Rivers on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. He was 81 years old.
We have lost this energetic, talented, challenging, and generous person. Uwe lived his life without compromise.
His high ethical standards flowed into his business and personal relationships. His talents in cooking, baking, and creating chocolate, candy, and ice cream treats established Reimer’s Candies as a household name and a magnet destination in Three Rivers. He and his wife, Nancy, owned and operated Reimer’s Candy Store for 27 years.
Uwe was the first one of his family to emigrate to the United States in December 1955. He was 21.
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 and personal experiences. As an A&E licensed mechanic, Uwe worked on jet engines at the United Airlines 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 and Suez canals, then by ground and air to Shanghai and sites in Cambodia.
Uwe was a proud U.S. Marine. One story has 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 Corps identification card out of his wallet (sergeant), he proudly presented it to the young men. They eagerly examined it and respectfully stood to shake his hand and thank him for his service. Semper Fi.
Uwe’s home orchard in Three Rivers 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! —Uwe-Jens Reimer
He made jams and chutneys, sweet yeast breads, and Asian pear apple sauce. His famous “Uwe Bread” (freshly ground wheat flour from his little mill, yeast and sourdoughs, olives, spices, herbs, and German beer) was a treasured gift for many people. He delighted in giving away the products of his kitchen and orchard.
Perfection is beauty, and beauty is everything.
The way Uwe lived his life and the advice he gave to several generations of employees echoes in telephone calls, letters, notes, and stories that have come back to Uwe and Nancy 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.
A good president (manager) is one who can make decisions before events force him to make a decision. —Uwe-Jens Reimer
Uwe enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. He worked hard and challenged others to go after their dreams. An ax in his old briefcase still stands as a monument to ending the corporate life and striking out on his own path.
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. —Uwe-Jens Reimer
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 and honest and 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.