Harold L. ""Hash"" Reiter, 97, of Munson Township, passed away Nov. 18, 2012, at Blossom Hill Care Center in Huntsburg Township.
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Born April 14, 1915, in Chester Township, he had been a lifelong Geauga County resident.
Hash worked for 42 dedicated years at the former Chardon Rubber and Ball Plastics company in Chardon before his retirement in 1975. In 1977, he was asked to assume leadership of International Track Systems in Ashtabula. He was president of that company until his second retirement, when he was 85 years old in 2000.
Harold Lynn Reiter married Ida Louise Lepper in 1935. They shared many happy years together until her death Aug. 1, 1998. Hash loved to hunt, fish and golf. He was a ""gentleman farmer"" for many years. He raised cattle and was known for his maple syrup, until the snow storm of 1996, destroyed the sugar house.
He was an active member of Pilgrim Christian Church in Chardon, serving as a deacon and an elder. His maple syrup was famous at the men's pancake breakfast during the Geauga County Maple Festival for generations. He was a charter member of the Chardon Rotary Club and was a ""Paul Harris Fellow.""
Survivors are his son, Larry Reiter of Munson Township; grandchildren, John (Kathryn) Reiter of Solon, Thomas (Jill) Reiter of Harvard, Mass., Kristin (Ted) Amor of New York, N.Y., and Lynn Sommer of Ashville, N.C.; great-grandchildren, Justin Shelley, Joshua Reiter, Justine Sommer, Nathan, Jamie, Mason, Matthew and Ellie Reiter; and sisters, Florence Clause of New Jersey and Martha Van Gorder of Arizona.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ida L. Reiter; daughter, Gail Sommer; parents, Lynn and Katherine (Sitz) Reiter; and sisters, Hilda Joiner and Helen Mitchell.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at Pilgrim Christian Church, 202 S. Hambden St., (south end of Chardon Square, next to the fire station), Chardon. Pastor Chris McCreight of the church will officiate.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Burr Funeral Home, 116 South St., (Route 44, 500 feet south of Route 6/Chardon Square), Chardon. Burial will be in Western Reserve Memorial Gardens in Chester Township.
The family requests donations to Pilgrim Christian Church, 202 S. Hambden St., Chardon, OH 44024 or Chardon Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 838, Chardon, OH 44024.
Information and online condolences at www.burrservice.com.
Burr Funeral Home
116 South Street Chardon, OH 44024
Published in www.News-Herald.com on Nov. 20, 2012