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CANTON - Dr. Dennis A. Reter, 71, of Canton passed away at 1:54 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, at Graham Hospital Emergency Room in Canton.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and healer.

Born Sept. 22, 1942, in Chicago to Walter and Lillian (Mullen) Reter, he married Virginia Cochrane on Nov. 27, 1965, in Chicago.

Surviving his passing are his wife; three children and their families, Jude and Clare Reter of Chicago, Liz and Eric Einwiller of Oakland, Calif., and Dr. Jason and Alice Reter of Sterling, Ill. Their seven grandchildren, Griffin and Truman Reter, Ian and Owen Einwiller and Ellen, Maya, and Walter Reter, miss him dearly. His two brothers, James and Ronald Reter; and one sister, Cathy Gotz, also survive and mourn their dear brother.

He was preceded in death by his parents and older sister, Jane.

Dr. Reter's path to our community began in Chicago with his graduation from St. Patrick's High School; Loyola University, where he and Virginia met; and the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He was an active member and past president of The Illinois Osteopathic Association.

The gifted and passionate physician led his family practice, in Canton, from 1972 until his retirement in 2007. His down-to-earth manner and wicked humor were appreciated, loved and respected by every life that he touched. A one-of-a-kind individual, he was a spiritual and community focused man. He gave back without question through his practice. Dennis co-founded the Spoon River Hospice of Graham Hospital and volunteered at the Fulton County Health and Wellness Clinic, Canton YMCA and Fulton County Humane Society.

Dennis injected his caring human approach and passion for learning into everything he did. His recurrent mantra, "the never ending battle to fight disease and to save mankind," was reflected in his care for his patients, by actively teaching medical and nursing students throughout his career and through his active roles at the Coleman Clinic, Graham Hospital and the Fulton County Health Department.

He always stopped to smell the flowers. He enjoyed working outdoors and hiking with his grandchildren, and he was a curious and consummate traveler. Above all else, his life pursuit was focused on love, love. The time he spent with family and friends reflected that joy in every conversation, joke and the deep listening ear he always had to bend. He will be missed by many.

Services will be on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Canton. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton. Cremation rites will follow the services.

Memorials, while not necessary, may be made to the Humane Society of Fulton County or to Fulton County Health and Wellness Clinic.

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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Apr. 28, 2014.
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May 15, 2014
God blessed Dennis and his family. The light he spread is endless
Prayers to the Reter family.
A Cogelja
April 30, 2014
I have known Dr. Reter for 30 years and he was always the same funny, caring, compassionate person. He encouraged everyone to live your life to the fullest and to forgive those that did you wrong. I had the pleasure of working with him at Graham Hospital and the Health and Wellness Clinic and everyday that I was with him he taught me something new. As hard as his passing has been on everyone and will always continue to be I want to tell you that 3 weeks ago at his retirement party from the Health and Wellness Clinic Dr. Reter displayed being nervous about the party, he came to me gave me a hug and whispered to me "I don't think I can do this, I hate Goodbye and I get so emotional." He made it thru that party shedding a few tears, but didn't have to experience it again. RIP Dr. Reter, you were loved and admired by many!
April 29, 2014
Our thoughts are with your family during your time of sorrow.
April 29, 2014
My deepest sympathies to the Reter family for your loss. I had the pleasure to meet Dennis through my friend and colleague Kathryn Reter Gotz but felt like I knew him well since she talked about her beloved brother endlessly!
Judy Bourn
April 29, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss. He was our family doctor for years. I always knew when I had a sinus infection that it would be gone as soon as I went to Dr. Reter.
Dixie List
April 28, 2014
I am thankful that our paths crossed. I was a new RN and he was fairly new to the area. I appreciated his down to earth approach to his profession and his respect for the hospital staff. He talked with us, not at us nor down to us, a rare breed for that era. Thanks, doc, for restoring my respect for physicians.
Sandy Matteson Dahl
April 28, 2014
My Heart Is Broken, In Our Loss Of Dr. Reter !!
He & Dr.Gowda discovered That I Had Lung Cancer In "03 ! Dr. Reter Was The "Most Wonderful
Doctor"--His Laughter, Kindness, & Ability To Care So Much, Was Better Than Any Medication !
I Shall "Forever" Miss Him !!
Jini Wahl
April 28, 2014
Dr Reter was our family Dr. for years and we just loved him. He made you feel so comfortable when you talked to him. He even suggested which Dr. I go to when he retired. He knew us all so well. Sorry he died so soon!! Prayers to all his family, which he constantly talked about.
Debbie Downs
April 28, 2014
I am so sorry to hear of Dr. Reter's passing; he was a beloved doctor to my family when my husband and I were young and raising our children. In fact, 38 years ago, he delivered my twin daughters. He was standing in for another doctor, and I didn't know him or that I was having twins. This was my first pregnancy, and I was scared. During the delivery, which is when I met Dr. Reter, I panicked and said, "Something is wrong!" Dr. Reter peeked up over the sheet covering my lower half, smiled, looked around confused and said, "No, I think I'm doing everything right." My husband and I fell in love and he became our family doctor and delivered my son 6 years later. He knew how to engage with the patients in a way that I have not seen since. We moved out of the area and have had several doctors.....but none like Dr. Reter. He was one of a kind and will be sorely missed I am sure by all who knew and loved him. My heart goes out to you, his families and friends.
Linda Kingery
April 28, 2014
Am sorry to learn about my friend Dennis.
Always enjoyed my visits with him. He will be
greatly missed.
Mike Stone
April 28, 2014
Dr Reter was our family doctor and he was the most compassionate physician I'v ever meant. I also worked with him thru Graham Hospital. He had a way of putting sunshine in a cloudy day. Will be greatly missed by everyone who was fortunate to have known him. My thoughts and prayer are with the family.
Kathy Pratt
April 28, 2014
Dr. Reter was my Mentor for over a year. He helped me learn so much about medicine and life! He encouraged me through my own health issues and most of all, he ALWAYS made me laugh! I will miss you very, very, much. You were an inspiration in life, medicine, and the way you so loved your family. You told me everytime we worked together, "Tell your husband every day that you love him!" I promise.

April 28, 2014
I'm so sorry to hear about Dr. Reter's death. He was my family doctor and helped my mother give birth to my brother and me. He will be greatly missed by all of us.
Brittanney Meacham-Shockency
April 28, 2014
My prayers are with your family at this time. Dr.Reter was a one of a kind special person that blessed many people in the Canton area. I will greatly miss seeing him working in the lot on Locust, his caring way, humor and smile.
Sherry Quick
April 28, 2014
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
The Staff of Murphy-Sedgwick Funeral Home
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