William Reinhardt

Palm Desert, CA | Tuesday, November 2 2021 |

William L. Reinhardt, 94, of Reno, Nevada and Palm Desert, California died peacefully at his home in California on 02 November 2021.

Born August 14, 1927, in Alton, Illinois to Helen Emily and Adolph Reinhardt. His wife Clara, son Steven, and older sister Evelyn preceded him in death.

Billy, as the name listed on his birth certificate, joined the US Army for two years serving in the Korean War until the end of 1951. William received his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1957. William began his career in sales at Hussmann Refrigeration in 1952. After several years joined General Fireproofing as a salesman in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1959, he accepted a position as a Pharmaseal Sales Representative for American Hospital Supply. Bill assumed a variety of positions with American Hospital Supply during the next 26 years. Most notable was: Division President of V. Mueller (~1968), Division President of Convertors (1971), and lastly Division President of Pharmaseal (1973), retiring at the time of the American-Baxter merger in 1985. After a brief retirement, William accepted an executive Vice President position with British Oxygen Company (BOC), retiring in the early 1990s. He went on to serve as the President of the Homeowners Association at Avondale Country Club for several years before choosing a relaxed lifestyle.

William always had a story to tell – most of them heavily laced with humor. He was quite a memorable character with an engaging personality. He will be missed most by his family who saw him as a wealth of information and deep wisdom.

William is survived by one sister, Carol (Reinhardt) Henkhaus, and one Brother, Joseph Reinhardt (Sue). William has three daughters: Susan Reinhardt, Sally Bellagamba (Martin), and Sharon Reinhardt; 6 grandchildren: Jennifer, Joanna, Anthony, Phillip, Andrew, and Alexander and 11 great-grand-children: Steven, Matthew, and Morgan Hart; Marie and Matthew Barrett-Bellagamba; Sophia, Lillian, and Delia Bellagamba; and Prudence, Mandolyn and Martin Bellagamba.

A brief graveside service will be held at the Palm Desert Cemetery a 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 10, 2021. A celebration of life will be held at a later date in the Chicago area.

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