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 Donald Lee “Poppy” Reitz

Donald Lee “Poppy” Reitz

Birth
Indiana, Indiana County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 20 Mar 2015 (aged 81)
Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Willard, Pender County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 143937329 · View Source
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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. He is deeply missed.


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  • Created by: Mz Fish
  • Added: 20 Mar 2015
  • Find A Grave Memorial 143937329
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Donald Lee “Poppy” Reitz (6 Dec 1933–20 Mar 2015), Find A Grave Memorial no. 143937329, citing Riverview Memorial Park, Willard, Pender County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Mz Fish (contributor 46622368) .