James “Jim” Reissen

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James E. “Jim” Reissen, 67, of Belleville, IL, born August 4, 1955, in Belleville, IL, died Tuesday, June 20, 2023, at Memorial Hospital East, Shiloh, IL.

Jim was a bright soul known and loved by many. He was a husband, dad, grandpa, brother, friend, neighbor, and coworker who was sure to make one feel welcome and heard, more than likely cracking a joke or two in the process. You could always find him outdoors, likely playing with one of his big-boy toys or taking part in his many hobbies, where he also made many connections with and touched the lives of others who shared his interests. He did everything from flying planes to driving trucks and boats, both life-sized and RC; he went camping, he fished, fed local birds, worked on all sorts of engines, built Legos, owned motorcycles and a tractor, and so much more. Jim knew how to have fun and was always exploring. From serving in the Air Force for 12 years, to working at Toyota for over 20 years, to joining all the local hobby clubs possible within the past six years after he moved back to his hometown of Belleville, Jim made it a point to surround himself with others, to whom he was a loyal and memorable individual. He and his presence will be missed, but not forgotten, by many.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edmund and Althea, nee Cange, Reissen; and a brother, Stephen Reissen.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Melody, nee Gordon, Reissen, whom he married on November 16, 1986;
a son, Bruce Mandeville (Maria Reinsmith); a daughter, Emily Reissen (Keagan Greenhalgh); four grandchildren, Kharli, Christian, Max, and Bairn; a great-grandchild, Miette; two sisters, Pam (Lester) Ratliff and Julie Krug (Gordon Marsh); a sister-in-law, Joyce (Alan) Shumaker; a niece, Valerie (Eric) Combs; a nephew, Matthew Reissen; and great-nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.


3 Comments on James “Jim” Reissen

Steve Stehlick said : Guest Report Jul 06, 2023 at 7:11 AM

Sorry to ear about Jim. He was my best friend growing up. We had many many adventures together. He will be greatly missed. He was like a brother to me. He spent about as much time at my house as he did his own. Will for sure hang out together in heaven.

  • Ballwin
  • Mo
Jack Oesterle,Jr. said : Guest Report Jun 29, 2023 at 11:50 PM

We are so sorry for your loss of Jim! He was a classmate of mine @ Belleville West High School graduate 1973 & my wife Mary (Pope) Oesterle was a classmate's @ St. Peter's Cathedral in Belleville,Il. "May The Perpetual Light Shine Upon Him" Mary & Jack Oesterle,Jr. Kirkwood, Missouri

  • Kirkwood
  • Missouri
Jim Millard said : Guest Report Jun 26, 2023 at 8:09 PM

Flew RC planes with Jim, enjoyed his stories and “colorful” language. We shared an unbreakable bond as Air Force brothers.

  • Aviston
  • Illinois

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