Highland: Obituaries

Thomas A. Reinacher, 64

Thomas A. Reinacher, 64, of Grantfork died on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at his home.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 16 at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. A funeral service will follow the visitation on Thursday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Tim Darmour-Paul, pastor of Grantfork United Church of Christ, officiating. Private burial will be at a later date.

He was born on Dec. 26, 1950 in Highland to Leto W. “Tony” and Elaine A. (Dresch) Reinacher. On Aug. 25, 1975, he married Eileen T. Tebbe. She survives in Grantfork.

Mr. Reinacher grew up in Grantfork and graduated from Highland High School in 1969. He worked for B-Line in Highland, now B-Line by Eaton, as a forklift driver. After 40 years of service, he retired on Jan. 4, 2013.

He was an avid gardener with his father and he carried on that tradition. He grew sunflowers, many different colors and heights. He won many ribbons at the Madison and Bond county fairs for his sunflowers and vegetables.

He formerly bowled at Hi-Top Bowl and Grantfork Bowl. He enjoyed pitching horseshoes and going to dirt-track racing at the Highland Speedway. He liked telling jokes, and John Deere tractors were “his thing.”

He was a member of Grantfork United Church of Christ and former Grantfork Jaycee.

Other survivors include a daughter, Wendy M. Reinacher-Heilig of Grantfork; sons, Shawn A. (Nadine) Reinacher of Oregon, Wis., and Lance E. (Stacy) Reinacher of Madison, Wis.; grandchildren, Corrin E. Heilig of Grantfork, Mackenzie and Kadyn Reinacher of Oregon, Wis., and William and Kelsey Reinacher of Madison, Wis.; a brother, Jack P. (Edith) Dresch of Gloucester, Va.; and sisters, Kathy A. (Robert) Maher of Greenville and Susan E. Reinacher of Belleville.

He was preceded in death by his father, who died on Jan. 11, 2005; his mother, who died on Sept. 16, 2002; a brother, Darrell L. “Butch” Reinacher, who died on June 14, 1994; and a son-in-law, Steven B. Heilig, who died on July 20, 2005.

Memorials may be made to the Grantfork Volunteer Fire Department or a charity of the donor’s choice.