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Palm South Jones Mortuary

1600 South Jones Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

OBITUARY

Thomas Reingruber

June 1, 1940June 20, 2020
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Thomas Raymond Reingruber, 80, passed away with his family surrounding him on June 20, 2020, at the Veteran’s Hospital in North Las Vegas. He was born in Hartford, WI on June 1, 1940 to parents Verna (née Gehl) and Wilfrid Reingruber.

He was the fifth of six children and grew up above his family’s tavern in St. Lawrence, WI. Tom graduated in 1959 from Slinger High School and joined the Air Force in 1964. He was honorably discharged in 1968, then moved to Las Vegas to join his family and there he met Carolyn Thayne.

They were married November 8,1968 and had three daughters, Joni, Melissa and Holly Rae. Tom earned a business degree from UNLV while raising his daughters and working at the Nevada Test Site and then Nevada Power. Tom’s passion was investing in raw land, and he spent 45 years driving back and forth from Las Vegas to the northern deserts of Arizona purchasing parcels to help others achieve their dream of owning land.

He is survived by his ex-wife Carolyn, daughters Joni (Mark) Yandric, Melissa (Russell) Killgo and Holly (Ryan) Ornelas, and his sister Rosemary. Also grandsons Parker, Tyler, Holden, Liam and Harrison. He is preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Wilfrid, Robert, Charles, and Richard.

Tom was the most optimistic person any of us knew. He will be remembered for his mentorship to family and countless friends, his generosity, his gift for numbers and his many aphorisms...“Good, better, best; Never let it rest, ’til the good is better and the better is best!”

Our family would like to thank the very kind and compassionate nurses of the Veteran’s hospital--especially considering the limits due to the COVID pandemic.

In lieu of flowers, our family would appreciate donations to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Mark Yandric , Pallbearer
  • Ryan Ornelas, Pallbearer
  • Tyler Yandric, Pallbearer
  • Parker Yandric, Pallbearer
  • Russell Killgo, Pallbearer
  • Rick Reingruber , Pallbearer
  • Holden Ornelas, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Liam Ornelas , Honorary Pallbearer
  • Harrison Killgo, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Memories

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Cherlyn Fields

July 2, 2020

Uncle Tom

My uncle was a great man. I loved him dearly. He was like a Father to me. He always helped a soul in need no matter who they were, lovingly and with words of wisdom to help you on your journey.

He said my dad taught him a lot. But, didn’t implement his knowledge, Tom did. I moved from Ohio with my daughter Sarah and uncle let us stay in his spare room 3 months to get on my feet, He took my daughter to Disney Land, He walked me down the isle because my Dad was in a wheel chair, He taught me how to build a website which helped me with my career.

I thank you Uncle Tom! See you on the other-side, your loving Niece Cherlyn

Valerie Williams

June 29, 2020

I work in the Mohave County Treasurer's Office and enjoyed speaking with Mr. Reingruber. He was kind and gentle and was always willing to share his experiences and advice. He will be missed.

Helen Mcdonnell

June 29, 2020

Tom was a great person. He truly cared about people and his family was the utmost important to him. He will be missed by all and there is a whole in the world without him. I pray that God will keep his healing arms around his family and welcome Tom into his arms in Heaven. God Bless You All.

Brenda Dillow

June 24, 2020

I worked for the Mohave County Trasurers office for 19 years. In those years I had the great opportunity to work with Tom. He was always a breath of fresh air. He would come into the office all the time and ask how his girls were doing. He would give us money for our coffee fund. He will missed dearly RIP Mr. Reingruber.

Dolores Valdez

June 24, 2020

I met Mr. Reingruber when I started working at the Mohave County Treasurer's Office in 1989. He loved to travel and when he went to Hawaii he sent by US mail to our Delinquent Tax Department a Coconut with postage stamped to the outside. Through the years we would pass it on to the last person in our Department who was Brenda. He was always cheerful and brought us snacks. He was a very generous and caring individual and I am so honored to have met him.

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