William H. Reinhardt Jr.
January 7, 1927 – May 21, 2018
William H. Reinhardt was born on January 7, 1927 and passed away on May 21, 2018
- Graveside Service Saturday, May 26, 2018
William H. Reinhardt Jr.
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May 30, 2018
My memories of Bill began with my family coming to Centralia and joining the Methodist Church here. He was a person of wonderful character, integrity, and I loved his outspoken temperament. Serving with him on the Board of Trustees, I came to respect him (and Mary Alice) immensely. He spoke his opinion, but if he was out-voted on something, he supported the decisions of the majority.
The other important piece he had in our lives was the support he gave our daughters and Annika, who was a German foreign exchange student, who lived with the Sanders and us for a year. I will always be grateful for his membership in our church and seeing his loving service and care for the building, the congregation, and our Lord.
Milt & Judy Grimm
May 30, 2018
We knew Bill through Rebecca and family. Our strongest memories were when he came to visit after each new grandchilds birth and other life events. His care and pride were only eclipsed by the love on his face. This is a sight we will continue to carry with us. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Milt & Judy
LaVonne and Gary Anderson
May 25, 2018
Iowa State Alumni Band got sad news that our friend William Reinhardt, Jr died Monday. He was 91 but young at heart. Bill had been president of our board a loyal Cyclone alum ( class of 1948) a leader and generous supporter of our bands. He played trumpet and was drum major who actively and joyfully participated in Alumni Band as often as physically able. In later years he opted to not march but he still showed up at Friday night socials to the delight of everyone! He came in clever creative costumes whenever requested. I had a tradition of getting a picture every year with “Bill and the girls.”😎 He appreciated the attention but acted surprised which added to his perennial classic charm. He was such a good sport and a true gentlemanm. I I met Bill and wife Mary Alice over 30 years ago when we were all active in Alumni Band. They helped me understand the value to welcome all ages in Alumni Band. Every year I looked forward to seeing them again as much as I did the kids with whom I marched in college. Bill made time to greet everyone with a big smile and kind words. WhenBill was president of Alumni Band he appointed me “ Hostess for Life.” which delighted me! He was a gentle tender hearted man who was devoted to his family. You knew if you had the chance to listen to his stories and philosophy you would gain from his insight. God bless the memory of dear Bill Reinhardt. We will always remember him and include him at ISU homecoming. We are better for having known you and we are blessed to call you friend.😎
Sandra and Mike Denbow
May 24, 2018
Bill was a highly respected member of the Centralia community and a dedicated member of the Methodist Church. He willingly contributed so much in service to many people. He will be missed.
May 23, 2018
To Helen and Bill’s Family from Pastor Jim and Doris Dace
Our first meal in Centralia was with Bill and Mary Alice. I had known both from Annual Conference work: Bill as a Conference Trustee and Mary Alice when I was a Campus Minister. She had helped me in setting up the Wesley Foundation at Southeast Missouri State University.
Bill shared with me his love for United Methodist Men’s Annual State-wide Retreat at Arcadia and the Annual Centralia Methodist Men’s Fish Fry. We also shared Rotary and Trains together. Bill loved and strongly supported his church. I will miss his great witness for the Good News and Lord’s work. Jim
When I saw him in Centralia at their anniversary celebration a year or so ago, I cried because I had thought I might not see him again. Rebecca, thank you for making it possible that he was there. Now I cry because I won’t see him again—at least not here on earth. However, he and I and Mary Alice will have one dandy reunion in a few years. I rejoice that we have that assurance. Our love to all of you. Your family truly blessed Jim and me. Doris