KINGS — William “Willie” Reints, Jr., 85, Kings, died Saturday, June 1, 2019 at his home.
He was born Jan. 14, 1934, in Rochelle, the son of William Conrad and Lola (Bowers) Reints. Willie was a 1951 graduate of Rochelle Township High School and a Veteran of the United States Army, serving in Korea.
Willie could fix anything put in front of him and was a well-respected mechanic in the Rochelle area for over 40 years. Known locally for his wild stock car career, which included competing in 1964 at the Daytona International Speedway and being honored in the Rockford Speedway Hall of Fame. Willie retired from racing in 1978 and began farming his parents’ land in Kings.
Willie could be found every morning with his friends at Grubsteakers or McDonalds and every Sunday at church. He loved his “good blue truck,” his pictures from Korea, and NASCAR.
More than anything he loved his sons and daughter-in-law, Steven Reints of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Timothy (Donica) Reints of Kings. His sister-in-law, Jeannene Adams, was a huge support to Willie and he respected her greatly.
He was predeceased by his brother, Glen (Vera) of Lindenwood; his former wife, Verla Reints of Rockford; and his parents. Special thanks to his caregivers and Serenity Hospice. Hospice was not involved long but allowed his family to give him a final gift to live his last hours at home.
Visitation will be at the Unger-Horner Funeral Home, 400 N. 6th St. in Rochelle, from 4 until 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 6. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 7 at the Lindenwood Union Church, Lindenwood, located at Galena and N. Walnut Street. Graveside service will follow at the White Rock Cemetery.
Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be directed to the Lindenwood Union Church in Willie’s honor.
Visit www.ungerhorner.com to sign the online guest book.