Rev. James L. Reinard, 89, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014.
Born Oct. 1, 1925, in Eldred Township, he was the son of the late John Franklin Reinard and Twila Elva Shaffer. Jim lived in Sigel until the age of seven when his family moved to Heath Pump Station (Cross Station). It was there that he met is best friend and soul mate, Kathleen May McKendree, the girl next door. After the end of World War II, Jim and Kathleen wed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, 1947. They would have celebrated 67 years of marriage on Thanksgiving this year.
Following graduation from Sigel High School in 1943, Jim enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He attended Officer Training School at Penn State and other training at the Great Lakes Naval Base and was later assigned the command of a Navy gunboat PGM15 in the Pacific. At the time of his honorable discharge in 1946, Jim had attained the rank of Lt. J.G.
Returning home after the war, Jim was employed by United Natural Gas Company in their engineering department. He went from there to Williams Brothers Construction Co. as a job superintendent, building pipelines and pump/compression stations in the U.S. and in South America. By 1955, Jim started his own construction company and operated it until 1971.
It was then that his life changed. Jim attended seminary classes in Washington, D.C., became a local pastor and was ordained as an associate member of the Western PA Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1983.
Rev. Jim began serving churches as a local pastor in the Coolspring area in 1975, Johnstown and in Van until 1987. He continued to serve as needed in various churches throughout the area.
Jim and his wife Katie spent their fall and winters in Florida for more than 25 years, returning to their home in Sigel every May.
Kathleen survives along with their children; Candice K. (Maxx) Hunter, James R. (Vicki) Reinard and Thomas E. (Barb) Reinard; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. His youngest brother, Robert R. (wife Dolores) also survives.
He was also preceded in death by seven brothers; Baby Boy (1913), John Kenneth, Gerald Franklin, Paul Richard, Dale Eugene, Baby Boy (1923), and Ralph Dean.
Friends and family were received at McKinney Funeral Home, Brookville. Services were held Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Henry Scoff officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army, 245 Main St., Ridgway, PA 15853.