Louis H. Reinhart, 100, of Metamora and formerly of Loda died at 10:40 a.m. Friday, June 27, 2014 at Snyder Village Health Center, Metamora.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Loda with Father Jose Kadukunnel officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Loda.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 1 at Baier Family Funeral Services, 406 E Pells Street, Paxton with a Rosary at 7 p.m.
Louis was born March 18, 1914 in Crittenden Township near Pesotum, the son of Charles and Mary Christian Reinhart. He married Cleta Koeberlein on May 24, 1938, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Pesotum. She preceded him in death on September 6, 2005.
He is survived by his children: Steve (Enid) Reinhart of Sierra Vista, AZ; Roger Reinhart of Rochelle; Darlene (Tony) Abromavich of Mendon, OH; Darrell (Karen) Reinhart of Milford; Earl (Carolyn) Reinhart of Monticello; Julie (Lynn) Harper of Roanoke; and Tim (Robin) Reinhart of Buckley; 23 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Mark; a granddaughter; three brothers and two sisters.
He is a 1932 graduate of Villa Grove High School. He worked as a finish carpenter in the Champaign-Urbana area for several years, and in 1953 he and his wife moved to the Loda-Buckley area, where they farmed more than 30 years. Louis moved in 2009 to Snyder Village.
Louis has been an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Loda. During that time he served as an unofficial handyman at the church making small repairs as well as many remodeling projects over the years. He was a well-known carpenter, sharpened saws in his home and enjoyed rug making.
He is a charter member of the Father Benson Council of the Knights of Columbus in Paxton. He served on the board of the Buckley elevator for some time and may be remembered as the official timekeeper for the Buckley-Loda High School basketball games for many years.
He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and recently was able to fulfill his dream of going to Wrigley Field and delivering the game ball on June 8.
Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Loda or an organization of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be offered at www.baierfuneralservices.com.