SCOBEY — Funeral services for John A. "Jack" Reiner, age 82, will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, at the Scobey Lutheran Church. Burial will be in the Scobey cemetery. Jack died Friday, April 22, at the Daniels Memorial Healthcare Center in Scobey after a long illness.
On March 14, 1929, Jack was born to Michael and Ivy Reiner at St. Clair, Mo. When he was eight years old, the family moved to their farm at Leasburg, Mo. As a family, they performed music locally.
Jack graduated from Bourbon High School, Bourbon, Mo., in 1945. Earlier that spring, his parents gave him a graduation gift of a train ticket to Wolf Point, Mont. There he was to meet his uncle John and aunt Margaret, to work for them on their farm north of Scobey. His aunt and uncle happened to live next door to a very pretty young girl named Carmen Waller. In 1948 they married. Jack went on to graduate from the St. Louis College of Mortuary Science in 1955. He went to work with his father-in -law at the Waller Funeral Home in Scobey. Jack and Carmen bought the business in 1965 and they ran it until 1992. Jack eventually bought his aunt and uncle's farm and operated it until 2003 when his health no allowed him to continue.
Baseball was one of Jack's favorites, playing with his brothers in Missouri and with the Scobey Plainsmen in the late 50's and early 60's, including winning state titles. A lifetime St. Louis Cardinal fan, he often told of going to Sportsman's Park to watch "the greats."
A lifelong musician, Jack was a member of the Stardusters band, a music teacher at Flaxville, Mont., from 1961 to 1970, one of the founders of the Prairie Symphonette and started the Jack Reiner Big Band, which was initially used as a fundraiser for local benefits. As much as he enjoyed playing music, his greatest love was teaching it to his many students. His lessons were free, but he said his reward was just hearing his students play music.
Jack was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and trapping. He relished sharing the outdoors with friends and family and was always up for a good barbeque.
He was a member of the Gideons and served on many local boards. Because he was such a "people person" he will be missed.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Bill and Ken; wife Carmen; and grandson Paul. He is survived by his three sons, Mark (Jody) of Colorado Springs, Colo., TR (Barb) of Williston, N.D., John (Michele) of Kona, Hawaii; two daughters, Patrice (Ron) Chatterton of Happy Valley, Ore., and Kris (Jon) of Scobey; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Waller Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.