Henry I. Reindollar Jr., 79, to be buried today Taneytown businesman, mayor, community activist

March 02, 1997|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Henry I. Reindollar Jr., longtime Taneytown mayor, retired businessman and community activist, who died Thursday, will be buried today in Trinity Lutheran Church cemetery after a service at the church, where he was a lifetime member.

Mr. Reindollar, 79, who served as mayor of Taneytown in northwest Carroll County for 16 years, died of an apparent heart attack at his daughter's home in Taneytown.

"He was painting a bedroom for his grandson," said Dean Reindollar, his wife of 52 years. "I went over to take him lunch, and he was lying on the floor with the paintbrush in his hand."

Mr. Reindollar was a well-known figure around Taneytown as a third-generation owner of Reindollar Hardware Store, a business took over from his father in 1945. His grandfather opened the store in the late 1800s.

Mr. Reindollar retired from the East Baltimore Street store in 1995, when he also retired as mayor.

"The town was his whole life, more so than the store, I think," Mrs. Reindollar said.

His public service begin in 1948 when he became the city's clerk-treasurer. He held that position for 28 years. He was elected mayor in 1979, serving four four-year terms.

After retiring as mayor, Mr. Reindollar served as acting city manager from June to September 1995, while officials searched for a permanent manager.

"I followed him as clerk-treasurer," said Linda Hess, who still holds the office. "He was a wealth of knowledge and he was a fantastic person. I enjoyed working with him as mayor and especially as city manager."

Mr. Reindollar was in the office more as city manager than mayor, Ms. Hess said, so she got to know him better during that brief period.

"He had a great sense of humor and was very enjoyable to work with," she said.

Mayor Robert Flickinger recalled running against Reindollar in 1979.

"He beat me, and I'm glad he did," said Mr. Flickinger, who was on the City Council for more than 20 years. "He was a great community worker, he loved his community, and he did a lot of hard work for everybody."

L Mr. Flickinger will be a pallbearer at his friend's funeral.

Mr. Reindollar had other talents besides business and politics.

A 1938 graduate of Western Maryland College, he taught school for two years before joining the Army during World War II.

In the Army, he was a transportation officer, whose ship brought the first war brides from England to America, Mrs. Reindollar said. He was discharged from the Army in 1945.

While at Western Maryland College, he played the violin and was concertmaster of the college symphony. He was as adept at singing as playing the violin.

"Since he retired, he's been trying to get back to the violin and he'd just bought two new strings a couple of weeks ago, but never got to use them," Mrs. Reindollar said. "He was quite good, but he would practice only when I was out of the house."

A lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Mr. Reindollar was a Sunday school teacher and served on the church council. He had sung baritone in the church choir since he was 16.

"He had a beautiful singing voice, and even did a lot of solos," his wife said. "His voice never deteriorated, but he had asthma, so he didn't have a lot of wind sometimes."

Mr. Reindollar was a member of Taneytown's Economic Development Commission and was active in civic organizations, including the Taneytown Lions Club, Boumi Temple and Boosters Club, Masonic Lodge, Monocacy Lodge 203 AM and FM, Taneytown Chamber of Commerce and American Legion Post 120.

He served on the boards of the Carroll County branch of the American Cancer Society and the Carroll County Office of Aging.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Reindollar is survived by three sons, Dr. Richard H. Reindollar of Milton, Mass., Dr. Robert W. Reindollar of Charlotte, N.C., and Paul D. Reindollar of Ojai, Calif.; two daughters, Joan E. Linkswiler of Salisbury and Miriam D. Palmer of Taneytown; two sisters, Margaret Taylor of West Chester, Pa., and Catherine Mueller of Salisbury, N.C.; and six grandchildren.

The Rev. John S. Douglas, his pastor, will officiate at the funeral service at 2 p.m. at the church, 38 W. Baltimore St., Taneytown, assisted by Vicar Gwenn Trout and Deacon Charles Barnhart.

Pub Date: 3/02/97

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