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George Reitz - August 16, 2009


George Reitz was born on Jan. 19, 1935 in Hitchcock County in Nebraska. He was the only child born to Elbert and Celia Cordwell Reitz. He grew up in the Max, Neb., area and later moved to the Grant, Neb., community with his grandmother. After attending rural school, he attended high school at the Curtis Agriculture School and in Grant, graduating from Perkins County High School in 1953.
George was married to Lydian Keller in 1953. One son, Ron, was born to this union. The marriage later ended in divorce. George joined the United States Army in 1953 and served in Okinawa until his honorable discharge in 1955.
George was married to Carol Ann Case on Oct. 30, 1956 at Green River, Wyo. Three children were born to this union. They lived in Reliance, Wyo., where George worked for the railroad and later the coal and trona mines in that area. They moved to their farm acreage southwest of Grant in 1981. George and Carol raised livestock on the farm. George suffered an apparent heart attack Sunday afternoon, Aug. 16, 2009 at his home and was transferred to the Perkins County Community Hospital where he died. He had reached the age of 74.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; three sons, Ron and wife Edna Clapp of McGrew, Neb., Cecil Reitz of Grant, and Tim and wife Cindie Reitz of Omaha; one daughter, Mary Ellen and husband Mike Rotness of Alliance, Neb.; eight grandchildren and one great-grandson; other relatives and friends.
His body was cremated. Memorial services will be held on Friday, Aug. 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the Grant New Life Fellowship Church with Pastor Vince Carrig officiating. Cremains will be scattered at a late rdate. A memorial has been established.

Bullock-Long Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.