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Hobart "Jack" Riney

March 24, 1932 December 10, 2018
Hobart "Jack" Riney
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Hobart “Jack” Riney, 86, died suddenly at his home in Ames the evening of December 10, 2018.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am, December 15, at St Thomas Aquinas, 2210 Lincoln Way, and the burial service will take place later at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Nevada. A gathering of friends and family will be from 5:30 to 7pm on Friday, December 14, at the Green Hills Retirement Community (2205 Green Hills Drive). The Adams Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Jack is survived by his long-time beloved and devoted wife, Shirley; by two children from a previous marriage, Belinda Ann Riney of Kansas City, MO, and Shawn Alan Riney of San Francisco, CA; and by younger brother Gene, Gene’s wife, Kathleen, of Columbia, MO and their children, Rhonda, Becky, and Joey. Jack’s parents, Emmet and Violet (Wierson) Riney predeceased him, as did brothers Joseph and Robert. Nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews were fond of their "Uncle Jack".

Born on March 24, 1932, Jack grew up in Nevada, IA, where his father ran the local ice plant (and incidentally mentored his sons and many another Nevada kid on baseball’s finer points). Except for briefly attending Story City High School in the fall of 1949, whereupon he abetted the Vikings’ season-ending football defeat of Nevada, Jack was a fully committed Nevada Cub. Upon graduating from Nevada High in 1950. where he had participated in baseball as well as football, Jack attended Drake University for a time and served in the U.S. Army, largely in Europe, in 1953-54. Returning to civilian life as an honorably discharged corporal, Jack shortly embarked upon a distinguished 42-year career with the Iowa Department of Transportation in Ames, retiring in 1996.

Jack had a particular passion for fishing, regularly frequenting not only Iowa’s lakes, but various lakes in Canada with friends and fellow members of the Ames Anglers, an organization so dedicated. Among Jack’s singular accomplishments in this regard was once landing a large-mouth bass weighing 10.5 pounds, for which he received an Angling Award from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Fishing, aside, Jack was notably civic minded, serving on the Story County Conservation Board from 1986-89, thereby supporting natural resources management and planning of the Story County Conservation Center; he was also a founding member of the Dragoon Trail Chapter of the Izaak Walton League in Ankeny. He served on the Ames Beautification Committee, and volunteered during Special Olympics, Iowa Games, Kiwanis projects, delivered Meals on Wheels, among other salutary pursuits

In addition to all the above, Jack belonged to the Golden K Kiwanis, the Knights of Columbus, St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, and often competed in bowling competitions. He was indeed a man of many dimensions.

The family suggests that memorials be sent to the Heartland Adult Day Care (205 S. Walnut Ave. - Ames 50010), to Story County Conservation (56461 180th St. Ames 50010-9451), or to a charity of your choice.

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5:30 PM 12/14/2018 5:30:00 PM - 7:00 PM 12/14/2018 7:00:00 PM
Green Hills Retirement Community

2205 Green Hills Drive
Ames, IA 50010

Green Hills Retirement Community
2205 Green Hills Drive Ames 50010 IA
United States

A Mass of Christian Burial




10:00 AM 12/15/2018 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 12/15/2018 11:00:00 AM
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church

2210 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA 50010

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
2210 Lincoln Way Ames 50010 IA
United States

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