Jack Vines Jr.

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Jack Vines was a man of many words, endless stories and lots of laughs. The tales of winning drag races and hauling explosives across the country are all true. He turned his love for driving into several careers including chartering Belleville High School sports teams around Southern Illinois and chauffeuring local celebrities in a limousine. When he was not driving for work, he cruised for pleasure on his motorcycle across North America, and enjoyed many landmarks in the U.S. and Canada.

If you lived in Belleville, Jack probably knew you and chewed your ear, if given the opportunity. Vines worked for the City of Belleville for 30 years and could tell you every street or sanitation project during his tenure. He lived life in the fast lane, and when he wanted to slow down, he turned to the bowling lanes. He traveled from coast to coast to bowl 13 perfect games with his tournament-winning bowling leagues over the past 40 years.

Nearly 20 years ago his fiancé, Catherine Reinhardt, won his heart, and they shared many traveling and day to day adventures during their life together.

Jack J. Vines died on Sunday, April 24, 2022, at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, Illinois. He was just a few weeks shy of his 84th birthday, May 14, 1938.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack Joel and Nina, née Adams, Vines; and two sisters Barbara Tadlock and Constance Vines.

Surviving are his fiancé, Catherine Reinhardt; two sons, Jay (Judy) Vines and Eric (Terri) Vines; two sisters, Hazel (Jim) Wade and Mary Ruth (Walter) Harris; one brother, Roy (Elma) Vines; loved ones like family, Michelle, née Schuster (Javier) Geminiano, Paloma Geminiano, Matthew (Heather) Schuster, Caleb Schuster, The Reinhardt Family; and countless friends like family will grieve his absence.

Jack is, undoubtedly, at the Pearly Gates telling off-color jokes and slapping St. Peter on the shoulder while looking for keys, which are clipped to his belt loop.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, act.alz.org. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit the family from 12 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. Please wear a mask to the visitation.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Burial will be at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, IL, immediately following the service.


8 Comments on Jack Vines Jr.

A friend said : Guest Report Apr 27, 2022 at 9:38 AM

When you here thunder Jack just bowled 🎳 a strike . There's a new bus and lawn service in heaven

  • Belleville
  • Il
Brian Harris said : Guest Report Apr 27, 2022 at 7:11 AM

Uncle Jr. you will be missed, but you now able to be at home with your Mom & Dad and Sister's.

  • Glen Carbon
  • IL
Pamela Curry said : Guest Report Apr 27, 2022 at 4:58 AM

With a heavy heart Jack was a great man. Crack a joke make you laugh. He made bus company his canvas to make us have a smile. RIP Jack you will be missed..

  • Covington
  • VA
reinhardt.jackie@yahoo.com said : Guest Report Apr 26, 2022 at 8:35 PM

I’m gonna miss you Jack. What a great guy you were to all of us. I remember when you rewired my whole house for free and hardly knew me. You were so kind to my grandkids! What a gentle soul. I’ll remember you always. Come visit if you can.

  • New Athens
  • Illinois
Kori Huhman said : Guest Report Apr 26, 2022 at 8:29 PM

Jack was my mentor at First Student. He got me in that drivers seat and helped me get over my fear of driving the bus and dealing with students. He was a great guy.

  • Oakdale
  • Il
Mike S said : Guest Report Apr 26, 2022 at 8:36 AM

Jack was a great guy. I worked with Jack at the Bus company. Always had a funny joke or a great story. The world needs more Jack’s. He will be missed.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Susan Scott said : Guest Report Apr 25, 2022 at 6:07 PM

Time to rest my friend!! Keeping the entire family in my prayers! .....weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning!!! Amen

  • Belleville
  • il
Jennifer Webb said : Guest Report Apr 25, 2022 at 1:50 PM

Vines, you were so loved and always will be. Rest In Peace, oh and go get ‘‘em heaven!

  • Los Angeles
  • CA

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