John Reitz

John Reitz

August 23, 1927 June 5, 2020

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Obituary for John R. Reitz

John R. Reitz, 92, of West Lawn, passed away Friday, June 5th at home in Phoebe Berks Village. He was a loving and caring husband to Kathleen H. Reitz with whom he would have shared 67 years of marriage on August 22. He served his country in the Navy from July 1945 – August 1946. He would tell everyone the Japanese heard he was coming and surrendered! He was an avid golfer and tennis player for many years. Together with his wife they traveled to 5 different continents.

John, son of the late D. Irvin and Maude (Hamm) Reitz was born in Allentown. He was a wonderful father to his son, Jeffrey A. Reitz of Bear, DE, daughter Rebecca K, wife of Karl Heimbach of Mechanicsburg, PA, and daughter Judith A., wife of Drew Trump of Sinking Spring, PA, and a loving grandfather to Valerie Trump of New York, NY and Andrea Trump of Lafayette Hill, PA. Other survivors include his beloved nephews and nieces. John was preceded in death by his brother, Daniel I. Reitz, and sister, Florence Brenneman.

John was a retired teacher, coach and school administrator at Hamburg High School, Wyomissing Area High School, Owen J Roberts School District, Wilson School District and finally at Alvernia University. He graduated from Selinsgrove High School and Muhlenberg College; receiving his Master’s degree from Lehigh University followed by his D. Ed from Temple University. He was a member of many educational associations and a longtime member of Advent Lutheran Church, West Lawn.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Advent Lutheran Church or Muhlenberg College.

Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc., is entrusted with arrangements. Condolences, tributes, and fond memories may be expressed at

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Chris Matthews

Dear Reitz Family, Mr. Reitz was a counselor at Wyomissing High School who knew his students, their strengths, weaknesses who their siblings were and did all to encourage them to succeed. With his tall friendly presence and beautiful deep rich voice, he was a pillar of the school. I am sure, it was no coincidence that of the class of '63, 90% went on to college. With gratitude, Chris Matthews-Ernie Reuther's sister
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Jerry Manhart

So sorry to read about your loss. I remember John being our principal at Wilson Southern Junior High. Please accept our condolences. Jerry and Lou Manhart
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Linda Gresh Ferraro

Dear Reitz family, We are deeply saddened to know that John has passed away. He contributed greatly to the school districts and communities that he served. Please accept our most sincere sympathy on your loss. With love, Frank & Linda Ferraro
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