Gerald H. Reitz
3/1931 - 8/2013
Auburn has lost a long-time resident in Gerald "Jerry" Reitz. Jerry and Karen Carmody Reitz moved to Auburn in 1966 to raise their family. Jerry often remarked how grateful he was to be living in this beautiful community, to have his wonderful wife Karen of 55 years, and such a terrific family. He was routinely heard expressing his gratitude for the careers he and Karen had, his relationship with God, and for his church - St. Paul Lutheran, where he was an active member for 45 years. Jerry's career as a civil engineer spanned forty-three years working for several government agencies and the US Army, thirty-seven of them at the McClellan Air Force base in Sacramento. He retired in 1998.
Jerry was born in Western Canada where his father was a Missouri Synod Lutheran Missionary. He was the fifth of six children. He has two sisters, Naomi and Miriam, and had three brothers Theodore, David, and Leonard. His family includes his wife, Karen; son Brendan (Stephanie) and grandsons Kyle and Jason of San Jose; son Peter (Brenda) with step-grandchildren Leighton and Miranda Hatch in Chico, and daughter Jennifer of Mt. Hood, Oregon.
Jerry was a devoted Christian, and a kind, generous, humorous man. His faith was very important to him and central to his life. For Jerry it was always God, family, and then everything else. He enjoyed traveling, rebuilding cars, reading his bible and daily prayers, history, especially Biblical and World War II history, and music: from Bach, German Marches, to Irish. Most recently, walking, recycling, Sudoku puzzles, and going out for dinner. Those who knew him well can imagine him recently putting his thumbs up and saying "impressive."
His "Homegoing Celebration" will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 275 Nation Drive, Auburn, Calif., on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.
If you wish to remember Jerry, do so with a kind word or deed to someone in need. In doing so, his spirit will live on. He will always be in our hearts and dearly missed by family and friends.
"Well done thou good and faithful servant...Enter thou into the joy of the Lord." - Matthew 25:21.