Leonard Edwin Reinker

  • Born: December 5, 1931
  • Died: December 12, 2017
  • Location: Kent, Ohio

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Kent, OH 44240

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Leonard “Len” Edwin Reinker

Leonard "Len" Edwin Reinker, Sr., 86, of Kent, died peacefully on December 12, 2017, at Kent Healthcare Center after a long illness. Leonard was born December 5, 1931 in Akron to Sylvester R. and Esther P. (Kolsar) Reinker. Leonard grew up in Kent, and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1949. He attended Kent State University and served in the military during the Korean War.

A longtime local business owner, Leonard owned and operated Cressbrook/Reinker's Market, which was a fixture in Kent for over 50 years. Leonard sold the family business and enjoyed an early retirement spending time at home with his wife, horses and dogs. In his retirement he became an avid reader, often finding articles of interest to share with family and friends. Leonard enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, gardening, photography, fishing, and collecting antiques and unusual items. He was the longest standing member of Faith Lutheran Church in Kent.

He is survived by his beloved wife Nancy L. (Germany) Reinker, whom he married in Memphis, TN on August 6, 1955; sons Leonard Reinker, Jr of Kent, Larry (Lori) Reinker of Chicago, IL; and daughter, Jennifer (Anthony) Zimmerman (formerly Foerst) of Streetsboro; and grandchildren, Beau Reinker, Kelsey Reinker, Kirsten Reinker, Andrew (Jessica) Foerst, Joshua Foerst, Brian (Gina) Zimmerman, and Jason Zimmerman. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, George Reinker; and sister, Phyllis Gaines.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Monday, December 18, 2017 at Faith Lutheran, 931 E. Main Street, Kent, with Pastor George Gaiser officiating. The family will receive friends one hour before the service time at the church. Private burial will be held at Standing Rock Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Faith Lutheran Church.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I was so sad to find that Leonard had passed. He was a dear and loved cousin. I have many fond memories of times together. I wondered why I did not get a Christmas card and decided to Google Leonard and that is how I learned he had passed. God bless you Nancy and all your family.

Posted by Ellen Crisamore (Reinker) - Wadsworth, OH - Family   December 30, 2017

Our family grew up with the Reinkers in spite of living in another state for 52 years! I have many fond memories of Leonard and family including spending summers riding horses, hanging out at the grocery store, going to the Ohio State fair and many horse shows with Jen and Larry. My daughter and I were fortunate to spend time with him this past summer while he shared stories of his youth, making us laugh - so glad we had the time with him.

Posted by Jean Schafer-Leslie - Scottsdale, AZ - Family   December 18, 2017

It was always nice to go to Crestbrook. I remember getting in trouble from my mother for putting "Wonder bread" in the shopping cart because it cost a little more.

Blessings, love and light to the family.

Posted by Donald Hursell - Kent, OH   December 17, 2017

Ours thoughts are with you during this sad time. May the memories of a long and happy life give you comfort.

Posted by Lexia Yankovich - Murrells Inlet, SC - Family   December 17, 2017

Our Condolences go out to The Family,

Memories, let them fill your mind, warm your heart, and lead you through

Kim Harrison, JW

Posted by A friend   December 16, 2017

Offering our deepest sympathies during this time.

Posted by The Staff of Bissler & Sons Funeral Home - Kent, OH   December 16, 2017

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Leonard “Len” Edwin Reinker