Henry Theodore Reihl, 81, of Great Falls, a retired truck driver for Consolidated Freight Ways and U.S. Army veteran, died from respira-tory failure Thursday, May 17, at his home.
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Graveside services will be held at a later date. Cremation has taken place under the direction of O'Connor Funeral Home.
Henry is survived by a daughter, Teresa Reihl of Great Falls, one grandchild, and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by a daughter Christine "Chris" Reihl; his parents – his father was taken by the Nazi's during World War II and never found; his mother Helen Kras died in 2007; and a brother Zygmunt "Ziggy" Reihl. He is also survived by his ex-wife Betty Reihl, with whom he remained friends and in contact with.
Henry was born June 13, 1930, in Boryslaw, Poland, where he also grew up and attended school. Henry, along with his mother and brother Ziggy, survived a concentration camp in Germany. He came to the United States in 1950, became a citizen and was drafted into the Army, serving as a sergeant first class with the 4th Infantry Division (heavy weapons) in Germany during 1951 to 1953. He then served six years with the U.S. Army Reserve until 1959. He was married in 1958 in Great Falls to Betty Golewich.
Henry was a member of the Great Falls Radio Club for many years. He enjoyed adding electronic gadgets to his 1967 Ford truck that he could never part with. He also took many motorcycle trips with his friends Rock Minster and Art Minor. He built a few truck campers and enjoyed puttering in his garage.
Condolences may be posted online at www.oconnorfuneralhome.com and/or www.gftribune.com/obituaries
Published in Great Falls Tribune on May 22, 2012