DeKALB – Richard Keith Reingardt, 79, of DeKalb, Ill., died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at home.
Born July 27, 1933, in DeKalb, the son of Oscar William and Grace Ellen (Eberly) Reingardt, Richard was one of their 14 children. Richard spent most of his life in DeKalb County, attending kindergarten to sixth grade in DeKalb, seventh grade at a country school in Lee, eighth grade at a country school in Waterman and graduated from Waterman High School in 1951.
of the U.S. Navy
, he served from 1951 to 1955. Richard married Patricia Ruth Eastep of Williamsburg, Penn., in 1955. Richard and Pat lived in Washington, D.C., before moving back to Illinois in 1957.
Richard worked five years for Essex Wire of Sycamore and at Spaulding Fiber from 1962 to 1999. He enjoyed telling jokes, shooting pool and playing softball.
He is survived by his children, Brian K. Reingardt of Sycamore and Rick (Lori) Reingardt of Bennettsville, S.C.; grandchildren, Megan (Steve) Byers and Randi, Cassandra, Chad (Collins), Amanda and Darin Reingardt; three brothers and three sisters; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; and three sisters.
The memorial service will be at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb, with the Rev. Robert Vaughn officiating and full military honors by a DeKalb County Honor Guard. Burial of cremated remains will be at a later date in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood. Cremation is by Anderson Funeral Home Crematory.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Richard K. Reingardt Memorial Fund, sent in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115.
For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com
or call 815-756-1022.