Ila Jean Reinke, 84, Dale

Ila Jean Reinke, age 84, of Dale, passed away at 5:42 a.m., Saturday, January 9, 2021, at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born April 22, 1936, in Gentryville, to Charles Rufus and Beulah Marie (Roos) Ellis; and married Max E. Reinke on November 6, 1955, at the Santa Claus United Methodist Church. She was a member of Santa Claus United Methodist Church for 54 years, where she was a member of the Rachel Circle and United Methodist Women’s groups. She also attended Mount Olive United Methodist Church in Gentryville. Ila Jean was a homemaker, wife of a dairy farmer; and enjoyed traveling, cooking, her cats and most importantly, spending time with her family. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Max E. Reinke, who passed away on January 5, 2014; one granddaughter, Danielle N. Reinke; and two brothers, Roy Lee and Glen Ellis.

She is survived by three sons, Bob (Kelli), Steve (fiancé, Debbie) and Dan (Kathy) Reinke all of Dale; one daughter, Beth (Larry) Stephens of Carrollton, Georgia; seven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Darlene Messer-Skinner of Indianapolis.

Public visitation for Ila Jean Reinke will be held from 10:00-11:00 a.m., C.S.T., Thursday, January 14, 2021, at Gentryville United Methodist Church. A private funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m., with burial following at Santa Claus United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pastors Charlotte Lee and Jill Kaetzel will officiate the service. Nass & Son Funeral Home has been entrusted with handling the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Danielle Nicole Reinke Memorial Scholarship or Santa Claus United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund. Condolences may be shared online at:

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