James Reising | Obituaries | journal-quotidien.com

SPRING HILL, Tenn. — James Edward “Jim” Reising, 80, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, at his home in Spring Hill, Tenn., surrounded by family and listening to his favorite music.

Jim was born in Gary, Indiana on February 16, 1941, the son of Alice and Wesley Reising.

He grew up in Kankakee and graduated from St. Patrick’s High School in 1959.

Jim met Nancy Raiche at St. Pat’s, and after Nancy graduated from high school, they were married on August 5, 1961. Jim and Nancy have just celebrated their 60th birthday.

He was multi-talented and held several positions during his long career, including pinspotter, truck driver, furniture salesman, satellite dish installer, and network system administrator; but his professional joy was audio engineering, working for Imperial International Learning in Kankakee, and later at Sound Studios in Chicago. In 1984 he moved to Nightingale-Conant Corp in Niles, where he was Vice President of Manufacturing. Later, he joined Ramcel Corp in Northbrook, as a purchasing manager and network system administrator. Jim retired from Ramcel in 2007 and moved to Spring Hill, Tenn.

While Jim loved his job, his passion was model railroading. Jim was a member of the Illinois Railway Museum and a lifelong enthusiast of the railroad industry and model railroading. Indeed, many of his vacation plans centered around visiting and photographing notable elements of the American railroad system and railroad museums. In addition to building a 1,200 square foot N-scale model railroad layout of the Tehachapi Line in his Spring Hill basement, Jim has been widely published in several model railroad magazines. You can see his work online at theoakvillesub.itgo.com.

In addition to his family, Jim also loved music, especially that of the great Hollywood film composer Max Steiner; eat, whether its own wonderfully grilled meat and elaborate sandwiches or those prepared by local mom and pop restaurants; and reading, especially Neville Shute.

Jim was a practicing Catholic and served as reader/senior reader at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Kankakee, Our Lady of the Brook in Northbrook, and Catholic Church of the Nativity in Spring Hill. He particularly enjoyed training new readers and coaching them in vocal technique.

Surviving are his wife, Nancy (Raiche) Reising; his son, James E. Reising II (Karen), of Annapolis, Maryland; daughter, Christine Cajka (Charles), of Kenosha, Wisconsin; daughter, Julie Durkin (Brian), of Chapel Hill, Tennessee; daughter, Jennifer Myzia (Joseph), of Crown Point, Ind.; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

The family requests that memorial donations be made in Jim’s honor to the Illinois Railroad Museum.

Funeral arrangements are by Williamson Memorial Funeral Home in Franklin, Tenn.

Please sign his guestbook online at williamsonmemorial.com.

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