Carl Edward Reininger

Carl Edward Reininger, 93, Wentzville, passed on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, after a brief illness.
Carl is survived by his two daughters, Janet Theiss, of Wentzville, and Diane (Stan) Houk of Hayden, Idaho; five sons, Joe C. (Sandy) Reininger, of Foristell, Jim W. (Cheryl) Reininger, of Wentzville, John E. (David) Reininger, of Cherry Valley, California, Ray H. Reininger, of Foristell, and Paul E. (Barb) Reininger, of Fenton; 22 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Carl is preceded in death by his wife, Jane Josephine (Menne). Carl and Jane were married on November 7, 1953, at St. Theodore Catholic Church, and had just celebrated 64 years of marriage at the time of her death, in November of 2017. Also preceding Carl in death are his father, George Henry; mother Stella Marie (Maender); brothers Robert and Eugene; sisters, Betty Beckett and Mary Reininger; one son-in-law, Thomas Theiss, and one daughter-in-law, Kathy Reininger.
Carl was born in Palmyra, Missouri but grew up in St. Louis. He was a graduate of Christian Brothers College High School before serving in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. When Carl was discharged from the Army, he rejoined his family who had moved to Wentzville. After operating his own trucking business for a time, Carl became a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 513, working most of his career at Nor-Vel Construction from which he retired in 1989. In his retirement, Carl and Jane enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and continued their church and community activities well into their later years.
Carl had long been active in the civic life of his community, most recently as an honorary ambassador at large for Twin Oaks of Heritage Pointe Assisted Living where he resided for the last several years. As a longtime member and past commander of Wentzville American Legion Post 323, Carl was invited to become a member of The Society of Forty Men and Eight Horses, which is an independent, invitation-only, honor society of American veterans and service members; more commonly known as The Forty and Eight. He was also a member of the VFW. In 2016, Carl was pleased and proud to be invited to make an Honor Flight to Washington D.C.
Carl was elected multiple times to the Wentzville R-IV School District Board of Education, from the 1970s until 2002, ultimately serving 24 years as the district experienced the beginning of a long period of growth and expansion. In addition, he was a member of St. Patrick’s Knights of Columbus; a regular volunteer for efforts of the St. Charles County Fair Board to reestablish the fair and secure property to provide a base of operations at this end of the county; and served on the Board of Directors for the Wentzville Senior Citizen Corporation for many years.
Carl was devoted to his family, his parish and a wide circle of friends. He loved all children and nothing made him happier than to be holding a baby, especially a new great-grandchild. His hobbies included gardening, welding, and woodworking. Carl found the most satisfaction in growing or making things that he could gift to family and friends.
Visitation was held on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at Pitman Funeral Home, Wentzville, from 1-6 p.m.
A funeral mass was held on Monday, Feb. 10, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 405 Church Street, Wentzville, at 10 a.m.
Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, The Honor Flight Network or Wentzville American Legion Post 323.
The family is being served by Pitman Funeral Home, Wentzville.

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