John L. Reinke - 95

6/2/1919 - 3/16/2015


 John L. Reinke, age 95, died Mon., March 16, 2015 at the Serenity Home and Hospice in Oregon. He was born June 2, 1919 near Rochelle, IL on the family farm the son of John and Anna (Ludwig) Reinke. He graduated from Rochelle High School in 1937. He farmed in Lafayette Township until retiring in 1987. He was also employed by the Ashton School District as a mechanic and bus driver for 20 years. He served as Supervisor of Lafayette Twp. for 20 years. 75 years ago at church he met his bride Goldie Eppler and they where married on Sept. 24, 1939 at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church at Paynes Point. Music was an important part of John’s life. As a kid he took violin lessons. He also played the harmonica, guitar, accordion, piano and organ. He sang in the church choir for many years. He also sang at weddings and funerals too numerous to count. John was a lifelong member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church at Paynes Point. He was baptized there and active in the church until the year before his death. He taught Sunday school, served on Council and the cemetery board along with various other positions. If there was any activity at the church, you could count on John and Goldie taking part.  John learned to fly in his 20’s, he enjoyed giving rides and loved to “Buzz” his friends in his small planes. He and Goldie made trips to Florida, Michigan and several trips to Nebraska. His last flight was near his 90th birthday. He was predeceased by his parents and sister Mina Clemmons. Survived by his wife of 75 years Goldie of Rochelle, son Dave (Lou) Reinke of Rochelle, daughters; Lois Olson of Prosser, Washington, and Ruth (Vic) Wiley of Bloomington, 10 grandchildren, many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Funeral service will be 10:00 am, Friday, Mar. 20, 2015 at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church at Paynes Point with the Rev. Andrew Kayes pastor of the church officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm, Thursday evening at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th St., Oregon, Illinois. A memorial fund is established for the Serenity Home and Hospice.


5-7 pm, Thursday, March 19, 2015 at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th Street in Oregon, Illinois


10:00 am, Friday, March 20, 2015 at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church at Paynes Point, Illinois

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