Obituary of Jerry Reiners
Jerry Reiners, 74, of Calhoun, Missouri, died Monday, November 30, 2020. After a 2-year battle with renal cell carcinoma, he succumbed to COVID-19 at Research Medical Center, Kansas City, Mo. He was born April 4, 1946, in McCook, Nebraska, the son of William Henry Reiners and Dorothea Sophie Hofman. After the untimely death of his father when Jerry was two, his mother later married Gale Malone, who raised Jerry. He is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Karen Lynn Reiners (Stinson). After graduating from Palisade High School in 1964, Jerry enlisted and served over 26 years in the United States Navy. A proud Seabee, Jerry provided military construction support to the US Navy throughout those 26 years. Jerry’s military service included two tours during the Vietnam War, an extended tour in Antarctica during Operation Deep Freeze and Presidential detail at Camp David during the Ronald Reagan administration. After his military retirement, Jerry worked as a high-security contractor with the State Department with a year-long assignment in Pakistan. He also continued to work in building and grounds administration as the Physical Plant Director for Baxter County Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Arkansas and finally the Physical Plant Director for Central Missouri State University (now UCM) in Warrensburg, Mo. When Jerry and Karen moved back to Missouri in 2010, they settled in the Windsor area and he began working for Acker Construction and as maintenance for Life Change Camp. Jerry enjoyed hunting, woodworking, working on vehicles, and especially having coffee with "The Guys" in Windsor. With a heart that would help anyone in need, Jerry never failed to aggravate, tease, and lighten the day for those around him, especially his 2 girls. He was a member of the Northeast Baptist Church, Clinton, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. In addition to his wife Karen, survivors include 2 daughters, Nichole Wade (Mike), Clinton, Mo., and Amanda Lewman (Christina), Las Vegas, Nv.; 2 grandchildren Daniel Wade, Camp Horno, Ca.; and Kara Burchett (Levi), Knob Noster, Mo.; 2 sisters, Mary Lou Sherwood, Los Alamos, Nm., and Jane Schuster, McCook, Ne.; Step-Sisters Alta Keting, Bonnie Johnson and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. In addition to his parents and step-father, he was preceded in death by his brothers-in-law Boyd Sherwood and Arnie Schuster; step-brother Gary Malone; and step-sisters Connie Havei, Nancy McDougal and Evelyn McGregor. Private Memorial services with Military Honors will be at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville, Mo. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Jerry's final arrangements and may be left in care of the Hadley Funeral Home, Windsor.