CLINTON ó William E. Reinthaler, 78, of Clinton, Ill., formerly of Bloomington, Ill., passed away on July 6, 2013 at his family residence.
There will not be a visitation. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, assisted the family with cremation rites. A private family service is planned for a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the music program at Second Presbyterian Church, Bloomington, Sound of Illinois Chorus, Bloomington, or Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Mich.
Bill was born on September 25, 1934 in Harrisburg, Pa., son of Robert F. Reinthaler and Martha (Hainsey) Reinthaler. He married Bernice E. Peterson on September 2, 1956 at St. Johnís Lutheran Church, Dickinson, N.D. She survives.
Also surviving are children William J. (Olga) Reinthaler; Bret (Linda) Reinthaler; Jodi (Jon) Mrowiec, and Wade (fiancť Julia Thornton) Reinthaler; grandchildren Tyler, Caroline, Noel, Miles, Byron, Elizabeth and Joseph Mrowiec, and Elise, Claire and Lucas Reinthaler.
His parents and one brother Bob Reinthaler preceded him in death.
He was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church, Bloomington, Ill.
Bill was a founding member of the White Oak Duck Club. He was baptized by Dr. Harold Martin, Second Presbyterian Church. He sang in the church choirs directed by Dick Hoffland, where he developed his love of music. He graduated from Bloomington High School in 1952 and from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., as a music major and was a member of the concert choir. He earned his masterís degree in voice from the University of Denver. Bill served as the minister of music at Bethel Lutheran Church, in Madison, Wis. from 1957-1961. He later joined his father in the family construction business, in Bloomington. He was hired as a construction specialist at State Farm Insurance in 1986 and retired in 2002. Bill discovered the property where he, and along with help from his father and sons, built his dream home in 1991 near Clinton Lake, while morel mushroom hunting. He enjoyed his yard, garden, flowers, trees, birds and all of Godís creation. His love of music ranged from Bach and Brahms to Vivaldi, blues and jazz, barber shop music to the Canadian Brass. He had very strong conservative convictions. He was pro-life, a strong supporter of the U.S. Constitution and Americaís founding principles.
Online condolences may be offered at www.calvertmemorial.com.