Cecil Eugene Reinke was born and grew up in Clinton, Oklahoma. He attended Nance grade school and Wilson Jr. High School. He was graduated from Clinton High School with the Class of 1952. While in high school, he was for three years a member of the Clinton High School football team, the Red Tornadoes; he served four years on the Student Council; served as the Representative-At-Large to Clinton's Original Teen Town; and was a co-editor of the high school newspaper, the Whirlwind. Upon graduation, he was awarded the Creative Writing Award presented by the Literary Department of the Allied Arts Club.
He attended North Dakota State University from September 1952 to June 1955. He graduated from the University of North Dakota, School of Arts and Sciences, in 1956, and from the University of North Dakota School of Law, awarded the degree Juris Doctor, "with distinction," in 1959. He served as an Associate Editor of the North Dakota Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He earned a Master of Science in Environmental Management, 1977, from the University of Houston at Clear Lake City, meriting election to Phi Kappa Phi. He served as a Senior Executive Fellow, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1986. He earned a Ph.D. at Portland State University, Portland Oregon, School of Urban and Public Affairs, 1991.
He served forty years as a lawyer with the United States Army. He also served as a part time instructor at Galveston College, Galveston, Texas, and at the University of Houston, Clear Lake City, and at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. Now retired from Federal service, he continues teaching at Concordia University, while working as a writer.