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Charles Reinke Jr.


1928 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Charles Reinke Jr. Obituary
Charles Austin Reinke Jr., of Hobbs, New Mexico, beloved husband and best friend of Joni Cook Reinke for 36 years, passed away peacefully on November 3, 2013 his 85th birthday. Charles (Chuck) was born in Kalamazoo Michigan on November 3, 1928 and grew up in St. Charles, Illinois. After graduating from high school, he served as Sergeant in the US Marine Corps where he was a member of the Rifle and the Pistol Team. In 1952 he graduated from the University of Michigan with a BS in Geology. Chuck served in the US Army as 2nd Lieutenant while he continued his education by receiving his MS in Geology in 1954. He played football for the Univ. of Michigan and was an avid fan of Michigan football his entire life. He married Katherine Landes in 1952 in Ann Arbor, MI. Chuck began his career with Magnolia Petroleum Corporation in 1954 in Midland and then Lubbock, Texas. Magnolia changed to Mobil in 1960 and he became Mobil's Senior Regional Recruiting Coordinator in 1964 relocating to Dallas, Texas. Chuck married Joni Cook in 1977. He retired from Mobil in 1984 but continued to work as a consultant and in various other business ventures while residing in Plano, Texas. Chuck and Joni moved to Hobbs, New Mexico in 2006. He served in the Mentoring Program for the Hobbs Public Schools for two years. Chuck had a passion for photography, airplanes, boating and traveling around the world alongside his best friend, Joni. Chuck is predeceased by his parents and sons David Reinke and David Randall Cook. He is survived by his wife Joni; daughter Sue Watson; son Carl Reinke and wife Susan; daughter, Sarah Williamson and husband Kenny; son-in-law Kevin Watson, son Rusty Cook and wife Cheli; daughter Patti Veteto and husband Mark; sister Gini Aders and husband Tom; niece, Nancy McDonald and husband Jim; 12 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchil-dren, other relatives and many friends. Our family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the members of the Covenant Medical Center Palliative Medicine Unit of Lubbock, TX. Their dedication and effort to provide quality care over his last days were a heartwarming blessing to the family. We thank God for the gift of his life and the blessing of the time we spent with him. Chuck will be greatly missed by all those who loved and knew him, including his dog, Dolly. The family is planning a memorial at a later date. Contributions in his memory could be sent to the .

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Published in Dallas Morning News from Nov. 7 to Nov. 11, 2013
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