Thomas “TR” Reis

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Thomas P. “TR” Reis, 82, of Belleville, IL, born July 7, 1937, in St. Louis, MO, died Thursday, April 23, 2020, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

To know T.R. is to love T.R. If he said he didn’t like you, you were probably considered one of his best friends. He had never met a stranger. He was always the life of the party, with a trick up his sleeve. He enjoyed hunting and fishing as much as he did a cold beer with friends. He lived life to the fullest, pushing the limits, and doing for others.

TR was an owner and operator of Grimm & Gorly Florist Shop in Belleville, as well as the founder of TR’s Place, a tavern in Belleville, in 1992.

He was preceded in death by a son, Thomas P. Reis II; his parents, Paul H. Sr. and Yolanda B., nee Brewer, Reis; a brother, Paul H. Reis Jr.; and a sister, Joan Green.

Surviving are his daughter, Kim M. Schewe (His Sunshine);
four grandchildren, Meghan and Max Chadeayne, Zach (Becca) Reis, and Kelsey Reis;
three great-grandchildren, Macey Reis, Thomas Reis III , and Trinity Chadeayne;
and a daughter-in-law, Colleen Reis.

“If you know how to eat, And you know how to drink,
If you know how to play, And you know how to think,
You know how to take, And you know how to give,
You’ll know how to die; Cause you know how to live.”

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Funeral: Private graveside services will be held with burial at Smithton City Cemetery, Smithton, IL. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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25 Comments on Thomas “TR” Reis

Charlotte Reeves said : Guest Report Apr 29, 2020 at 5:11 PM

My deepest sympathy to to you. Your dad will be truly be missed he was one of a kind with the biggest heart he was big part of my life he taught me how to, tend bar, introduced me to Don, who i never stopped loving. He was so full kindness, laughter and fun The float trips and bicycle poker runs.

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
S.W.I.C.L.C said : Guest Report Apr 28, 2020 at 7:38 PM

On behalf of everyone from the Southwestern Illinois Central Labor Council You have our sympathies and condolences. RIP

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Sue Koesterer said : Guest Report Apr 28, 2020 at 3:54 PM

Big hugs to you all😢 As an uptown girl going into Grimm and Gorly For fun things to do... then in HS with Sue Anne taking us up there and chatting with her uncles. Of course re meeting him from Kim and Thru Tom....those times knowing he was a sweetheart of a guy. What a wonderful life He had and began His heavenly home with a big hug in the arms of his son Tom💜 Big hugs and Squeezes May you have Peace in your heart at this time💜

  • Smithton
  • Illinois
Mary Barbara Kurtz said : Guest Report Apr 28, 2020 at 10:27 AM

Jim and I have known Tom for years and we want you to know how sorry we are for your loss. The last time Jim saw Tom was at TR's and I wasn't with him , so he wrote on the back of a business card "I hate you. Love, Tom". Every time I saw him, he would back up to me and say "cheek to cheek". He ALWAYS made us laugh. RIP TR. You were one of a kind.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Terry Knoth said : Guest Report Apr 28, 2020 at 7:23 AM

RIP TR. My Sympathy and prayers to Kim and the entire family.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Ken Hagarty said : Guest Report Apr 27, 2020 at 6:48 PM

Kim and Family. TR, there’s only 1, and always just 1. No one like him, a true hearted, kind , generous, playful , funny, loving Man, Dad. There was always something special to me about your Dad Kim, unlike anyone else I have known, He was the real deal, great human being, caring and giving and wanting nothing in return. That’s how I will always will remember him in my heart. I cherish that I can say he was my friend. My last memory of Your Dad was playing pool at TRS with him, in his pajama looking outfit. GOD rest Your Soul Budde and watch over KIM. You were blessed with a wonderful daughter my friend, she is so special like yourself!

  • Belleville
  • Il
James & Kay Myers said : Guest Report Apr 27, 2020 at 1:14 PM

RIP our friend. You will be definitely missed by us. We will think of you every time we go to TR's. Kim you and all of your family have our sympathy

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Bernadette Dehn said : Guest Report Apr 27, 2020 at 11:42 AM

So sorry to hear about Tom’s passing. I haven’t seen him in years but have many good memories of years ago. Please accept my sympathy and extend it to your family and Colleen and her family. Rest In Peace Tom.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Sue Hall Goodnick said : Guest Report Apr 26, 2020 at 1:44 PM

So sorry for the passing of your dad. He was one of my best friends when we were young. Not long ago he said to me we did have a lot of good times together didn't we and we surely did. I will never forget him

  • Waterloo
  • IL
Thomas McGee said : Guest Report Apr 26, 2020 at 9:59 AM

Kim your dad gave me so much comfort when my son was killed on 3/22/2000 , sorry for your loss . love you ,

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jerry Markey said : Guest Report Apr 26, 2020 at 8:36 AM

Kim, So sorry to hear of your fathers passing. He will be greatly missed by many. Jerry

  • Belleville
  • Il.
Judy Santel (Coder) said : Guest Report Apr 26, 2020 at 8:15 AM

My family and I wish to express our most sincere condolences to your family. My father (Jim) and I enjoyed many good days in your company TR. You are loved and will be missed by many. Say good night Dick is the saying I will always remember you by. Rest In Peace Tom.

  • Summerfield
  • Il
Pete Balutis said : Guest Report Apr 26, 2020 at 6:51 AM

One very nice man.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Dean and Marleen Albers said : Guest Report Apr 25, 2020 at 9:38 PM

Condolences to Kim and Coleen and all. I only met Tom a few times. But every time I left smiling. Rip TR.

  • Breese
  • IL
Bradley said : Guest Report Apr 25, 2020 at 6:38 PM

He was such a nice guy The first time I met TR was on S. Church St. playing County pool league

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Cindy Funk said : Guest Report Apr 25, 2020 at 11:08 AM

Kim, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad passing. My heart, love and prayers goes out to you. TR was a wonderful man and he was always so full of laughter. He truly was the life of the party. To think of all of the fun times that we were blessed to have shared with him brings a smile to my face.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Wayne & Christie Scher said : Guest Report Apr 25, 2020 at 10:54 AM

Deepest sympathy to all of the family & friends who loved Tom . Always made you smile . A true gift . Prayers to all during these very difficult times .

  • Belleville
  • Il 63223
Gabe said : Guest Report Apr 25, 2020 at 9:54 AM

By far one of the greatest legends of all time. I will miss his dirty kisses, his jokes, and most of all his stories. RIP with all the rest of our family gems!

  • Waterloo
  • IL
Yolanda Smith said : Guest Report Apr 25, 2020 at 8:17 AM

Loved TR , what a great man. Prayers for the family. So sorry for your loss.

  • Morganfield
  • Ky
Tom snd sue Walter said : Guest Report Apr 25, 2020 at 8:00 AM

He was always a joy to be around, a great friend ,and a great man who will be missed!

  • Swansea
  • Il
Karen Phillips (Holly) said : Guest Report Apr 25, 2020 at 7:21 AM

Kim I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your wonderful dad , I know how close you were to him! Your dad was such a kind man and he surely will be missed.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Gary L. Cox said : Guest Report Apr 25, 2020 at 6:22 AM

Sorry to read of the passing of TR. He was definitely one of the true characters I had the pleasure of meeting in my life. I will plant some yellow tomatoes in his honor. If TR was a cowboy you could say he died with his boots on . He lived life on his own terms. Rest in peace my friend.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Pat & Mary Prindable said : Guest Report Apr 24, 2020 at 8:40 PM

Dear Kim please accept our deepest sympathy. We loved your dad he was a wonderful character in the fondest way. Even though we had not seen him lately he was and will be in our hearts always.

  • O’Fallone
  • Illinois
Diane and Joe Bottani said : Guest Report Apr 24, 2020 at 4:29 PM

We have many fond, fun memories of times spent with Tom. Please accept our sincere sympathy. Diane and Joe

  • St. Louis
  • Missouri
Diane and Joe Bottani said : Guest Report Apr 24, 2020 at 3:24 PM

Please accept our sympathy. We had lots of fun with Tom through the years. Memorable times at TR.’s! We know you will miss. Keep the memories close to your heart.

  • St. Louis
  • MO

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