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I received word from Ed Floyd that GMCS Donald Reitze crossed over the bar in March. A quick search revealed this obituary notice published by the Quinn McGowen Funeral Home.
Donald Lee Reitz, 81, of Burgaw a caring husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend passed gently from his earthly life on Friday, March 20, 2015 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice Life CareCenter.
He was born December 6, 1933 in Indiana, PA the son of the late Albert E. and Martha A. Reitz. Also remembered is his beloved wife, Ruth Henck Reitz who died in 2010.
Donald is survived by his son Ernest Lee Reitz, Sr. (Elizabeth) of Burgaw; daughter, Donna Reitz Croom (Rudy) of Wilmington; grandchildren, Janice Reitz (Jodi Lash), Lee Reitz, Jr. (Marie), Justin Croom and Jared Croom; great-grandson, Bryson Reitz; brother, Richard “Dick” Reitz (Carol) of Bel Air, MD; step-sisters, Cora Lynn Gingrich (Jim) of Manheim, PA and Sheryl A. Brinkman (Gary) of Conestoga, PA.
He served his country honorably, retiring as Gunners Mate Senior Chief after twenty-three years of service in the United States Coast Guard. He served in the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam Era.
Donald was a man of faith, honor and integrity who loved and cared for his family. His passions in life were NASCAR racing, classic cars, keeping an immaculate yard and loving animals. Donald was many things to many people. However. the one thing that all would agree with, he made everyone around him feel loved, special and cared for. Amongst the legacies Donald leaves to us are the importance of God, Family, and Country.
Funeral service will be 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home Burgaw Chapel with The Reverend Travis Martin officiating. The family will receive friends following the service.
Burial with full military honors accorded by the US Coast Guard and American Legion Post 10 Honor Guards will be 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 23 at Riverview Memorial Park, Watha.
In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be given to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401.
The family is deeply grateful to Dr. Neill Musselwhite and his staff for over forty years of excellent care.