Robert Eugene Reitz © Cherokee Messenger and Republican 07-1989 Submitted by: Tim Dotterer
REITZ Robert E., 64, funeral services will be 4 pm Saturday in the Cherokee First Christian Church with the Rev. John Blass officiating. Interment will be in the Cherokee Municipal Cemetery, under the direction of the Goodwin Funeral Home of Cherokee.
Mr. Reitz died Wednesday morning in Del Norte, Co. He was born May 13, 1925 at McCracken, Ks. and moved to Cherokee at an early age.
After high school, he joined the US Air Force and was in the China- Burma-India Theater of War. After his discharge, he attended Northwestern State University at Alva.
He and LaWilda Bishop were married Feb. 16, 1947 at Cherokee, where they established their home. In March 1947, he opened Reitz Men's Wear in Cherokee, which he was operating at the time of his death. He was a deacon and an active member of the Cherokee Christian Church. Member and past president of the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce and the Cherokee Rotary Club. Member of the ABC Club, Barbershoppers Quartet, Quarterback Club, former member of the Cherokee Chiefs baseball team. He was an avid fan and had served on various committees supporting the high school athletic department.
Survived by his wife, LaWilda of the home; a son, Ken of OKC; a daughter and son-in-law, Risa and Ron Pierce of Norman; his mother, Rowena Reitz of Cherokee; 3 brothers, Jack of Cherokee, Warren of Medicine Lodge, Ks. and Don of Goodland, Ks.; 2 grandchildren, Blake and Ashley Pierce; and many nieces and nephews.
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