Gerald “Jerry” Reinert, 86, of Sioux City, Iowa peacefully passed away Saturday, August 19 in his home. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 29, 2023 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sioux City. Entombment will be at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be held Monday evening from 5-7 p.m., with a Rosary at 6:45 p.m., and a Vigil Service and Knights of Columbus Chalice service, beginning at 7:00 p.m., all at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel. Online condolences may be directed to www.meyerbroschapels.com.
Jerry was born June 17th, 1937, to Frank and Wilhelmina (Redder) Reinert in Maryhill, Iowa. He was the youngest of 13 children. He attended Maryhill Country School. He proudly served in the United States Navy from 1955 to 1958 on the USS Borie DD-704 Destroyer. He worked as a mechanic in Le Mars and at Knerl Ford in Ponca, Nebraska. He later worked at McCraken Concrete Pipe as a Maintenance and Machine Assembly Superintendent for 44 years until he retired. After retirement, he worked odd jobs helping at St. Joseph’s Church and for George Wakeman.
While in the Navy, he wrote letters to a special gal named Barbara Kneifl. In April 1959 he married his love of 64 years. Jerry and Barb went on to have five children: Gene, Lori, Lisa, Kathy, and Kristen. Jerry was a big believer in his faith and family. He was very active at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church as an Usher, Eucharistic Minister, Home Bound Minister, and helped with the church dinners and pancake breakfasts. In 2009, he helped restore the church after the fire. He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus 3rd Degree #743 and 4th Degree Garrigan Assemble, in which he held many positions over the years.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Barb, children: Gene of Omaha, Nebraska; Lori of Sioux City, Iowa; Lisa (Kevin) Schindler of Hinton, Iowa; Kathy (Mike) La Brune of Sloan, Iowa; and Kristen (Dane) Doty of Sioux City, Iowa; eleven grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren; sister, Josephine (Josie) Jurgensen of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; sister-in-law, JoAnn Reinert of Texas; and in-laws Ron and Kay Guadian of Belle Vista, Arkansas; Rich and LeAnn Kneifl of Sioux City, Iowa; Mary and Mike LeMoine of Virgina Beach, Virginia.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Wilhelmina, brothers and sisters, George and Joyce Reinert, Mary and Alfred Hanson, Louie and Dortha Reinert, Frank Reinert, Eleanor and Lloyd Groves, Tony and June Reinert, Elsie and Kenny Hollingshead, Leonard and Patti Reinert, Herman Reinert, Ralph Reinert, Tina and Dan Rowland; and Warren Jurgenson.
The family wishes to thank the staff at St. Croix Hospice for their knowledge and support.