MACHIAS - Meryle K. Reitz of Bakerstand Road died Wednesday (April 3, 2013) at his home following a long illness.
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Born March 15, 1925, in Sykesville, Pa., he was a son of August and Tessie Boaz Reitz. On May 16, 1953, in North Tonawanda, he married Audrey Scherrer, who died Feb. 25, 2008.
Mr. Reitz served in both World War II and Korea, serving in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marines. He was employed at Spalding Fiber of North Tonawanda, retiring in 1993. He also worked construction for Cliff Green and Herald Nice. In later years, he was employed at the Seneca Allegany Casino in Salamanca.
Mr. Reitz was a member of the VFW post 526 in Springville. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, hunting, fishing with his grandchildren and gambling at the casino.
Surviving are three daughters, Robin (Paul) Wendt of Sanborn, Kandace L. Mabee of Hinsdale and Leatta Reitz of Springville; seven grandchildren; a brother, William Reitz of North Carolina; a sister, Jeanne Hunt of Nebraska; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a son, Bruce M. Reitz, in 1974; a sister, Madeline Pletcher; and a brother, George Reitz.
Friends may gather with the family from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday (April 6, 2013) at the Babbitt & Easton Funeral Home, 7 N. Main St., Franklinville. Graveside services with military honors will follow the visitation at Mount Prospect Cemetery in Franklinville.
Memorials may be made to HomeCare & Hospice 1225 W. State St. Olean, NY 14760. Online condolences can be sent to www.babbitteastonfh.com.
Published in The Olean Times Herald on Apr. 4, 2013