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November 07, 1959 February 19, 2023
November 07, 1959 -- February 19, 2023

Karl `Skip` Reins, Age:63

Karl R. Reins II, 63, of Chicago, IL, passed away on February 19, 2023.  Karl, fondly known as “Skip”, was born to Karl R. and Pearl (nee Johnson) Reins on November 7, 1959, in Chicago, IL.

 Growing up, the famous 'Kiddieland' made a big impression on him.  One of his first 'adult' jobs was with a carnival.  He would travel from city to city where he would put the rides up and 'tear down' as is said in the business.  This led him to his profession as a truck driver for various freight companies.  Skip was a proud teamster who traveled around the country delivering American goods.   One of Karl's favorite assignments was transporting the equipment for the band, "Mr. Blotto".  He came to know the band personally and took pride in making sure their equipment arrived safe and on time to their event sites.  Karl was a very talented musician who played iwth his own band, "Just Another Band".

Before becoming a teamster, Karl proudly served in the United States Coast Guard.  The time of his service to our country left a lasting impression on him.  It was important for him that people understood the difference between Memorial Day and Veteran's Day.  (There's a huge and important difference that every citizen should know, ask his family and friends if you don't.)

As a true gentleman, he cared deeply for his family and friends, doing whatever he could to make sure everyone was well taken care of.  Skip had many hobbies, but his two favorites were rocking out to good music and having the wind blowing through his hair.  With his Harley Davidson below him, he was the Master of the Road and there wasn't a road he couldn't tame.  He was never far from a good time and always had a bottle of Jack Daniels nearby. Skip was the definition of a true Patriot.  He will be greatly missed.

            Skip is survived by his Loving Wife, Eileen (nee O'Connor); Treasured Daughters: Kristin (Ulysses)  and Stephanie (Eric); Cherished Grandchildren: Tessa, Kayla, Aiden, and Memphis; Favorite Sister, Cheryl (late Wayne) Hoffmann;  Favorite Niece: Samantha Hoffmann, and his Sister-in-Law, Debbie Garo (Jim Del Sasso).  He was preceeded in death by his parents and his brother, Paul William Reins.

            Visitation will be held Saturday, March 4, 2023, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Olson Burke/Sullivan Funeral and Cremation Center, 6471 N. Northwest Hwy., Chicago, IL 60631.


Francine Mojica March 01, 2023

Kris Elliott and I knew Skip from The Heights Lake Worth , Florida

Eileen my condolences to you and your family. 💖 Skip was a kind friend with a great sense of humor. I will alway remember the times Kris and I spent at The Heights, getting to know you guys. Especially the jams Skip would play. When he played music he played music for everyone. Keeping you and your family in my prayers. This is not goodbye my friend, this is until we meet again. Rest in peace Skip.

Juan and Alicia Figueroa March 04, 2023

Friend/Neighor Chicago , Illinois

Our condolences go out to his wife and family. Skip was a great neighbor, we will miss our neighbor. Praying comfort and peace for his loved ones.