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.
Online condolences may be sent at rumsey-yost.com