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LOWELL "WHITEY" REISER


1931 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
HAMPSHIRE - Lowell Whitey" Reiser, 87, passed away peacefully Monday morning, Aug. 6, 2018 at his home. He was born March 6, 1931 in Burlington the son of Edward and Lorena (Seyller) Reiser. He was a 1949 graduate of Hampshire High School. Whitey married Arlene Engel on Feb. 9 1952 at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Hampshire. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was a life member and past Commander of Hampshire Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #8043 and a member of the American Legion Post #57 of Elgin. He was also a member of the Burlington/Hampshire Senior Citizens, Hampshire Historical Society, Fox Valley Model T Club, Northern Illinois Steam Power Club, and a lifelong and active member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Whitey was honored by the City of Elgin in May 2015 as a Veteran of the Month for community service and in 2013 Whitey and Arlene received the Earl Engel Award for community service in Hampshire Township. He retired from Masonite Corp. (International Paper Co.). Surviving are his wife, Arlene; daughter and son in law, Darlene and Dale Lichthardt of Genoa; son and daughter in law, Daryl and Helen Reiser of Clinton, IL; grandchildren, Amy and Joseph Dobzynski of California, Daniel and Ashley Lichthardt of Sycamore, Randy Reiser of Clinton; and step grandson, John Burton of Clinton; great granddaughters, Eileen Dobzynski, Grace and Sophia Lichthardt; sisters, Leila Deihs, Rita Kiefer, Joan (Henry) Thies, and Jean Schendel. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Jason Lichthardt; brother, Floyd Reiser; and brothers in law, Norman Deihs, Gayland Schendel, and Morris Kiefer. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11am Saturday, Aug. 11 at the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 297 E. Jefferson Ave., Hampshire. Burial with Military Honors will follow in the St. Charles Borromeo Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday at the church from 4 to 8pm with rosary at 3:45pm, and closing prayers at 7:45. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be directed to the St. Charles Borromeo Church or School, or to the proposed Hampshire Veterans Park. Information, (847)683-2711 or visit www.fredrickfuneralhome.com
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald from Aug. 9 to Aug. 10, 2018
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