Alvin William Reetz

Visitation for Alvin William Reetz, 88, Lawrence will be 6 pm to 7:30 pm Friday July 5, 2013, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

He passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at his home.

Alvin was born May 20, 1925, in Linwood, the son of William and Frieda Schwarz Reetz. He graduated from Eudora High School in 1943. He later drove a semi-truck for Farmland Industries. He retired after thirty years with them. During this time he received recognition for one million miles of accident free driving.

Mr. Reetz was a member of the Plymouth Congregational Church of Lawrence. He was also a member of I.O.O.F. of Eudora, Lodge # 42. In his free time he enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing, and never missed KU basketball games on TV. He most enjoyed spending time with his family.

He married Wilma Jeffries on Aug. 18, 1946, in Leavenworth, KS.

Survivors include his wife of almost 67 wonderful years, Wilma Reetz; three daughters, Cheryl Klug (late husband Bob), Charla Tunget (late husband Sam), Debby Wedel and husband Dennis; one son Alvin William “Bill” Reetz Jr. and wife Judi, all of Lawrence; three sisters, Katherine Neis, Eudora, Lila Self, Hinsdale, IL, and Lorene Cox, Linwood; ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Elmer Reetz (dec. 1980).

The family suggests memorials made to the Reno Township Fire Dept. or Visiting Nurses of Lawrence sent to P.O. Box 1260 Lawrence, KS 66044.

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Messages & Condolences

From Janice Sorensen...

So very sorry for your loss, Debbie. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.

From Gretta Reetz Small...

How many years my memory flashes backward, picturing Alvin as a handsome young dark-haired teenager, simultaneously working on his suntan and operating some piece of farm equipment in a field near my home. Blessings on his grieving family, and a joyous thanks for the long life he was able to enjoy with those he loved.

From Peggy Pistora...

We always enjoyed the chats with Alvin on the porch. He always had something funny to share and there was a lot of talk about the blackberries, the garden and the family. We will miss him but will know he’s no longer in pain and is probably already giving the angels a hard time. Love to all, especially to Wilma, Bill, Adam, Paul, Judi, Cheryl, Charla & Debby.
Peg (and Joe, Zack & Ali)

From George and Anna Milleret...

We are thinking of you at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

From George and Anna Milleret...

We are th

From Greg and Teresa Hattan...

Bill and Judi. So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time

From Suzanne Schmidt...

Bill and family,
Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. He sounds like he was a wonderful man, who will be dearly missed.


From Wendy Deugo...

Bill, Judi and family. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you through this difficult time.

From Gene Bean (from carido- rehab)...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
God Bless you all.

From Connie Putthoff...

So sorry to hear of your loss know that you will miss him very much. A void that will never be filled.

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