H. Blake Reitzel, 79, of Hickory and Ocean Isle Beach, passed away Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at Catawba Regional Hospice.
Born Aug. 7, 1934, in Catawba County, he was the son of the late Harold Reitzel and Vera Miller Chambers.
Mr. Reitzel was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church and a veteran of the U.S. Army
. He was co-owner of Americana Furniture Co., a home builder and an avid fisherman.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years on Oct. 27, Peggy Willis Reitzel of the home; son, Jeff Reitzel of Fayetteville; daughter, Beth Strickland and husband, Dale, of Ocean Isle Beach; grandsons, Ryan Strickland of Wilmington and Blake Strickland of Raleigh; nephews, Doug Harris and wife, Mary, of Hickory, Mike Harris and wife, Gail, of Charlotte, David Willis and wife, Robin, of Hickory, Steve Lail and wife, Vicki, of Gastonia; and several great-nieces and -nephews.
The funeral service was at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, in the chapel at Bass-Smith Funeral Home with the Rev. Dan Duke officiating. Burial followed at Oakwood Cemetery. The family received friends prior to the service at the funeral home.
Pallbearers were Darrin Willis, Daniel Willis, Clint Harris, Phillip Powell, Ryan Strickland and Blake Strickland.
Memorials may be made in his honor to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658, or Bethany Lutheran Church, 1644 Main Ave. Drive NW, Hickory, NC 28601.
Bass-Smith Funeral Home in Hickory is serving the family of H. Blake Reitzel and condolences may be left at www.bass-smithfuneralhome.com.