Wayne Reichling Sr.

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Wayne J. Reichling Sr., 83. of Belleville, IL, born March 23, 1938, in Belleville, IL, died Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at Four Fountains Convalescent Center, Belleville, IL.

Mr. Reichling worked for the U.S. Post Office for 32 years before his retirement.  He was a member of the St. Clair Lodge #24 Masonic Lodge and the Belleville Swansea Moose Lodge 1221. Wayne liked to smoke cigars at the clubhouse and was a lifetime member of the NRA.  He was a member of Crossroads Christian Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Marie, nee Summers, Reichling, whom he married on April 25, 1959, and died on January 1, 2017; his parents, Ernest W. and Josephine, nee Meyer, Reichling; a grandson in infancy, James John Reichling; four brothers, Albert, Franklin, William, and Donald (Cheryl) Reichling; five sisters, Helen Utz, Dorothy Weishaar, Jeanette Walden, Jean Bunch, Margaret Kettler; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Edward and Gertrude Summers; a brother-in-law, Edward Summers; and a sister-in-law, Roberta (Bill) Giglotto.

Surviving are four children, Richard Reichling, Rita (Mark) Smiley, Wayne (Julie) Reichling Jr., and William (Jeanne) Reichling;
ten grandchildren, Meagan (Andrew) Hall, Charles Jr. (Sierra) Farris, Rachel Smiley, Amanda Reichling, Amelia Reichling, Amber Lynn Reichling, Emily Marie (Kevin) Kleinschmidt, Abigail Reichling, Lindsey (Danny) Tyler, and Steven (Gabriela) Reichling;
nine great-grandchildren, Ethan (Allison) Hall, Riley Hall, MacKenzie Hall, Ava Binger, Desmond Reichling, Aliza Tyler, Gavin Tyler, Hollis Reichling, and Emery Reichling;
a brother, Jack (Emy) Reichling;
two brothers-in-law, and James (Laura) Summers, and John “Rich” Bunch;
two sisters-in-law, Dorothea (Phillip) Buchanan, and Flora Summers;
and many nieces, nephews, and cousins;

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Clair Lodge #24 Masonic Lodge. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, August 1, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. A Masonic Lodge ritual will be held at 3:45 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, August 1, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.


12 Comments on Wayne Reichling Sr.

Carol Jean Dawson said : Guest Report Aug 01, 2021 at 2:09 PM

I love your parents very much. Aunt Marie with her willingness to help and friendly personality. Uncle Wayne with his movie star good looks and of course his cigars. I am so sorry for your loss. You have a set of wonderful parents who are looking down from Heaven with pride for each one of you.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Sherry Reichling Forneris said : Guest Report Aug 01, 2021 at 9:38 AM

Sending everyone my prayers and love.❤️

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  • CA
Sherry Reichling Forneris said : Guest Report Aug 01, 2021 at 9:37 AM

Uncle Wayne, I’ll always treasure the memories of us piling into our station wagon to visit everyone on Little Flower Ln. My eyes would grow big knowing what was around the corner waiting….a plate of Ooey Gooey Cake, a sledding hill and loud laughter! What were you always laughing loudly at? I know now as an adult that you loved life and laughed at stuff that didn’t matter. My dad would have a little quirky grin when he heard you laughed. He got it too. I asked one day and you said, “Oh Sherry, you know, Reichlingitus! I replied “Is that a word?” He replied “Yes in this family!” I’ll never forget that and I laughed so hard, grabbed dessert and sled down the hill the rest of the day. Thanks for all the memories. We love you!

  • San Francisco
  • CA
Mary Guenther said : Guest Report Jul 30, 2021 at 9:16 PM

I grew up with the Reichling family we lived one house down from them. My two brothers were Billy and Wayne’s age and Rita was my best friend. Mr & Mrs Reichling were so good to us. We took turns sleeping over at each other house. They always had an extra plate at there dinner table for one of us. They were like the perfect parents you watch on TV. They always had things going on every weekend for there kids to do…I used to get jealous of that but Mr Reichling would end up throwing me and my brothers in the with them a lot of the times especially Freedom Farm! I thanked him about four months ago we I stopped to see him for always including me & my brothers with family board games and playing pool at there house. Wayne and Marie were good roll models for me growing up. Major impression in my life they made. My heart goes out to Richard,Rita, Billy and Wayne your Dad sure loved each and everyone of you! He was so proud of his kids and that great smile he had when he talked about them. Thank you for my childhood memories.RIIP Mr Reichling. XO

  • Misdion Viejo
  • Ca
Dale L Blaes said : Guest Report Jul 30, 2021 at 10:48 AM

Had the honor of working with Wayne for many years . Was a great gentleman to work with and socialize with. My deepest sympathy to the Family

  • Marissa
  • IL
GENE WIGGINS NARFE CHAP 1019 said : Guest Report Jul 30, 2021 at 9:42 AM

Sorry For Your Loss. Please accept this electronic message in lieu of a Sympathy Card. Local National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) volunteers provide help in reporting the death of any federal civilian retiree or a retiree’s spouse to proper authorities. They will explain the process as needed and if requested, can report the death to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM 888-767-6738) for you. They can also assist in filling out claim forms for survivor benefits and life insurance You may call either of our Service Officers, Jim Haley at 618 795-5174 or Dean Hemmer at 618 233-3819. If unable to reach either, you may call Gene Wiggins at 618 566-7980.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Pat & Steve Reichling said : Guest Report Jul 30, 2021 at 8:46 AM

Our deepest sympathies. Wayne and Marie were always very special to us. Marie & Wayne, Maggie and Earl were a common foursome around church functions and local events for many years. Thank you for sharing your parents with our family. We send our prayers for strength as you go through these next few weeks.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Stephen Bequette said : Guest Report Jul 29, 2021 at 4:37 PM

Rich sorry to hear about your dad everyone in the Pressroom offers their condolence's and is thinking about you.

  • Columbia
  • Illinois
SUSAN SMILEY said : Guest Report Jul 29, 2021 at 9:53 AM


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Joe and Ellie Walden said : Guest Report Jul 29, 2021 at 8:22 AM

Our sympathy to your family, we are sorry for your loss.

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  • WI
Ryan Foree said : Guest Report Jul 28, 2021 at 8:48 PM

My sincerest condolences to Wayne’s children and grandchildren. I was glad I had a chance to meet him before he passed, although I wish I could have gotten to know him better. God Bless. With love, Ryan Foree, Angela Foree, Autumn, Amber, and Roman

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Mark Smiley said : Guest Report Jul 28, 2021 at 6:28 PM

Thank you Mr. Wayne for enriching our lives. Miss you already. You've been an awesome Father-In-Law! If they have a clubhouse in heaven, I'm sure you're shooting up the pond and smoking a cigar...and most importantly fishing with Ms. Marie! Love you.

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