Cecil Reinhart, 86, of Jet, Oklahoma was born June 14, 1929 on his Grandfather Meb Williamson’s homestead east of Jet. He went home on January 5, 2016 to be with the Lord and his beloved wife of 67 years, Jessie Mary, who preceded him in death on December 1, 2015.
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Cecil influenced the lives of many young people. In 1949, at the age of twenty, he became a Boy Scout Scoutmaster and chartered Troop #27 of Jet. In 1986, he achieved the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service to scouting. His desire for community service also led him to join Lion’s Club, and he was recently recognized for 60 years of service to that organization.
He was a farmer/teacher and dedicated twenty years to the Nash and Jet-Nash Public Schools. Cecil was greatly admired as a teacher and coach by many students and peers. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Eight Man Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 2006. In 2007, the football field in Jet was renamed the Cecil Reinhart Field.
Cecil taught for six years at the James Crabtree Correctional Center in Helena. In later years, he was passionate about sharing his faith in Christ through the Kairos Prison Ministry, continuing his legacy of setting an example and influencing countless lives.
He is survived by daughters, Vicki Cooper and husband, Dick of Lubbock, Texas, Nancy Evans of Enid; son, Clark Reinhart and wife, Jeannie of Jet; eight grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; half-brother, George Reinhart of Clearwater, Florida; sister-in-law, Carole Reinhart of Hutchinson, Kansas.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jessie Mary; his father, George Reinhart; his mother, Nina (Williamson) Zimmerman; his step-father, Floyd “Dutch” Zimmerman.
Services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, January 8, 2016 at Jet United Methodist Church under the direction of Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Cherokee. Viewing will be Thursday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. with the family present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. www.lanmanmemorials.com
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made through the funeral home. The family suggests the Timberlake Swimming Pool, Jet Volunteer Fire Department or the Boy Scouts of America/Cimarron Council.
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We have great memories of Cecil and Jessie Mary. Cecil always lead by example. He was always encouraging others to make a difference in our homes, our work and our community. He will be greatly missed. Well done good and faithful servant...
Rick and Ladena Kibbe
Mr. Reinhart was my Nash 7-8th grade teacher and basketball coach for those two years. He was such an good teacher. As it turned out he was by far my favorite teacher. I know that there are a lot of people who are better because of their encounter with Mr. Reinhart. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Know that he is now at peace and with the love of his life.
Cheryl Hildinger Cannon
Vicki, Nancy and Clark, first your mother now your Dad. What a loss you are going through. Cecil was such a great man. I read the obituary and I did not know half of the things Cecil was involved in. How proud you kids must feel and how much you will miss both of them. I am so proud to say Cecil was my brother and I will miss him so much. May God be with you now and forever.
Our thoughts and prayers to your family at the loss of Cecil. Such an inspirational family.
AK, Shirley Arstrong
To the family of Cecil Reinhart, Your father called me a week ago to visit and went to visit him in Greenbriar. We had such a great visit sharing stories of mutual friends and all the young people he so admired, one of them being my daughter, Allyson Zaloudek Reneau. I have such beautiful memories of that day, taking him a picture of Allyson's family. We took a picture together and would love to send you a copy.....via my cell phone..God bless you and your family and know your parents were dearly loved by so many. They touched so many lives. My love and prayers to all of you.....
I am sorry to hear of Cecil's passing. While working with him at JCCC, he left a lasting impression on me. I had no idea he had the past that he had and had been recognized for so many things. But it does not surprise me, I knew he was a special person. He was a very humble man and inspired others to improve. He will be dearly missed.
Your Dad was the greatest teacher the class of 1967 ever had
He made Tom Sawyer and Huch Finn come to life as he read the book to our class. It was better than TV he put so much emotion in to his story. He was a natural teacher very rare and we were honored to be his students In our last 20 years he made all of our class reunions. He had so many stories still to tell on us to our spouses. He hasn't missed sending me a valentine card for the past 10 years. He was a truly good man and wonderful friend.
May God bless y'all and help you through the days ahead
Sincerely. Mickie Bane Rivers
Grandpa Reinhart was a great man, i may have only talked to him a few times but the stories he could tell in those short times. He went all over the united states and could tell you something funny that happened about every trip he took. He was a one of a kind person and will be forever missed.
Vickie, I was sad to hear of the passing of both of your parents. They were always a joy to be with, and have left a wonderful legacy in the community. Praying for God to give you peace and comfort as you adjust to their absence from our physical presence.
Betty Gower Collins
To Vicky,Nancy,and Clark
Cecil was guy that always had a kind an encouraging words and a great smile for each person he met whether it was for the first time or for a friend. He will truly be missed yet the memories we have of him will last forever. He will always be in the minds of all the people he has met and all the lives that he has changed. I am sorry that I couldn't make it to the funeral in person but will always keep my memories of Cecil in my mind and in my heart
To the Reinhart family.
Cecil was such a special person. I remember him from my basketball days at Gore and Wakita when we played Jet, and later Jet/Nash. He always went out of his way to tell me how he admired the way I played. Cecil was such a nice and positive person and was looked up to by so many people. I always made a point to visit with him anytime I ran into him. He always had time to visit. He will be sorely missed by all that knew him.
I read a saying recently "The strongest trees have the deepest roots" I can only imagine the roots your Dad and Mom provided you and so many others. They will be forever missed but always valued. So sorry for the grief you feel but rejoice that they are with our Heavenly Father.
Jacque and Carl Newton
Dear Reinhart Family, I want to express condolences to you on behalf my entire family. Our dad, Melvin M Dobson, cousin and childhood friend of your dad passed in 1985. He was lucky enough to have had had a visit from your dad. I was working on a photo page for our family, since our mother Jennie passed away in 2013 and found your dad\'s name address and telephone number written on it. I searched google for the phone number and then decided to search by name and sadly found that Cecil had passed. Deepest condolences to you from all of us.
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