He married LaVerne Bauer on July 27, 1957, at Kansas City, Mo. Jerry served with the United States Marine Corps from 1955-1958 where he played on the Marine Corps football and basketball teams. Following his military service, Jerry began a career with Life Touch National School Studios where he was employed for nearly 40 years as territory manager.
In addition, he helped his parents operate the Rockin' R Ranch, located south of Fort Scott. Following his retirement from Life Touch in 1991, Jerry took over full-time operations of the ranch. He was a member of Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church. He enjoyed playing handball, golfing and hunting as well attending his granddaughters' sporting events. He was also a regular patron of Daylight Donuts where enjoyed visiting with his many friends.
Survivors include his wife, LaVerne, of the home; a son, Joseph Reinecker and wife, Debby, of Fort Scott; two daughters, Jann Rochefort and husband, John, of Warren, Rhode Island, and Jill Gray and husband, John, Fort Scott; four granddaughters, Bailey Lyons, and husband, Nate, Afton Hyer and husband, Coy and Delane Gray, all of Fort Scott and Carlie Rochefort, of Warren, Rhode Island; and a great-granddaughter, Addison Lyons. Also surviving are his mother, Betty Reinecker, Fort Scott; a sister, Donna Pair and husband Dale, Wichita, Kan.; a niece Dana Compton and husband, Daniel, and a nephew, John Pair and wife, Christy, all of Wichita. He was preceded in death by his father.
Father Robert Wachter will conduct Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the U. S. National Cemetery with full military honors provided by the Olson Frary Burkhart Post No. 1165 Veterans of Foreign Wars. The rosary will be recited at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Cheney Witt Chapel with visitation following. Memorials are suggested to the St. Mary's Catholic School and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701. Words of remembrance may be emailed to the family at cheneywitt.com.