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Gilbert E. Reinecke, Jr.

February 3, 2019


Life Sketch for Gilbert E. Reinecke


Gilbert E. Reinecke, Jr., age 76, passed away on February 3, 2019 at his home in Newton.

Gil was born December 30, 1942 in Chicago, IL, the son of Gilbert Eugene and Marie Kathryn (Fritsch) Reinecke, Sr.


After high school, Gil joined the Air Force and served his country for eight years before being Honorably Discharged. During that time he was stationed at Shemya, Alaska, Offutt AFB Omaha, NE and Torrejon AFB Madrid, Spain. After serving in the Air Force he earned a degree at the Industrial Engineering College of Chicago.  He was Salutatorian for his graduating class. He was retired from Boeing/Spirit as a engineer nearly 30 years. He was currently working at North Dillons in Newton where he  was a driver for the floral and pharmacy departments.


On May 16, 1964 he married Rita Marie Denning in Omaha Nebraska, they later divorced.  On November 25, 1988 he married Shirley Lynn Tyner, in Wichita, KS, and they made their home in Newton. Gil loved his Koi Pond that he and Shirley dug by hand, and they enjoyed many hours sitting and watching the fish. He enjoyed working with wood and repairing cars. Gil was a very social person and his best times were spent being around family and friends. Everyone always knew they were welcome at Shirley and Gil’s.


Gil was preceded in death by his parents: Gilbert and Marie; and brother: George Reinecke.


He is survived by his wife: Shirley; son: Eric A. and John G. Reinecke; daughters: Deneene (Irvin) Esau, Alana (Greg) Vibbert, Elizabeth (Eddy) Malik; sister: Janalee Hagen: two grandchildren: Bryan Esau and Brittany Vibbert; and his faithful companion, Rudy, their toy Australian Shepherd.


The Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 8, 2019, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Newton. A public visitation will be held at Petersen Funeral Home from 5:00-9:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 7th with The Recitation of the Holy Rosary held at 7:00 p.m. Father Devin Burns will be presiding over both the Rosary and Mass.


Memorials are suggested to the charity of your choice and may be sent in care of Petersen Funeral Home.



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14 thoughts on “Gilbert E. Reinecke, Jr.

  1. Your friendship meant more to me than words can say. I love you and will always hold a special place in my heart. Your family is one of a kind and may GOD wrap his loving arms around each of them. Until we meet again my friend…

  2. To my very good friend sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing, my thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  3. Thank you for being such a good friend to my family. You umpired T-ball games for our boys, and you and Shirley gave my son a wonderful place to hang out, where I knew he’d be safe. Thank you for being Gil.

  4. Such a funny, thoughtful, entertaining man! I enjoyed many good conversations with Gil as a fellow parent, as a fellow Christian, as a friend, and finally as a supportive friend of my dad’s at his visitation. I was truly touched that he came to my dad’s visitation a mere 46 days ago. He actually asked Sarah if she remembered him! How does one possibly forget Gil?!!! Not possible! Prayers for comfort for his family….

  5. Shirley, I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your loving husband. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    God Bless!

  6. I loved working with Gil at Spirit. His answers to my questions were always right on and always made me chuckle.

  7. Rest Gilbert, until you hear at dawn,
    the low, clear reveille of God.

    Thank you for your service to this nation.

  8. I worked with Gilbert at Dillons … he always had a story and a greeting. Sorry for your loss.

  9. My heart is saddened for all who mourn the passing of this good husband, father and friend. I can discern how much he was loved by many. I look forward to the near future when Jesus words at John 5:28-29 are fulfilled.

  10. I worked with Gil at Boeing. He was always so helpful. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  11. I was fortunate to meet Gilbert, when I started delivering for Dillons about year and a half ago, as time went, I enjoyed our visits and joking with him, I’ll always remember my good friend Gilbert, My Prayers for Gilbert and his Family ??????

  12. Shirley, we are so sorry to hear of Gil’s passing. He was such a interesting man and do full of stories that he love to tell. He will be missed greatly.

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