Scott Reitz, Hermitage, passed away at 7:07 a.m. Monday (1-28-13) in UPMC Horizon, Greenville, after fighting a courageous battle with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). He was 66.
Mr. Reitz was born July 3, 1946, in Brookville, Pa., to Donald and Ruby Reitz and was lovingly raised by his paternal grandparents, Effie Cora and Clair Reitz.
He graduated from Punxsutawney High School in 1965 and always thought Groundhog Day should be a national holiday.
He served in the Army Reserves from 1966-72.
Completing meat-cutting school in Toledo, Ohio, he then began his career with Golden Dawn stores. He spent the majority of his career employed at Mr. D’s Food Fair in Brookfield. After his diagnosis of ALS, he worked at Shenango Meat and Poultry where co-owners, Tim and Shawn, treated him with respect and compassion and made his final working years a pleasure and a joy.
Scott married Linda Marie Schuckers on Sept. 4, 1971, and was a loving, devoted and adoring husband. They had three children whom he often spoke of with great pride: a son, Timothy Scott, married to Christina Cho, Charlotte, N.C.; and daughters, Danielle Marie married to husband Drew Cole, San Antonio, Texas; and Christina Lynn, Sylva, N.C. They will fondly remember him for his sense of humor, his love of nature, his quiet spiritual contemplation and his love for spending time with them playing games, talking over coffee, going for walks and traveling.
Besides always taking the annual family vacations, he was an avid sportsman, particularly devoted to hunting and fishing. He spent many hours in nature contemplating the beauty of God’s world and enjoyed recounting stories from decades of successful hunting.
Scott was an active member of Hickory United Methodist Church, Hermitage.
In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by his mother and two brothers, Donald, Punxsutawney; and Dennis, Myerston, Pa..; a sister-in-law, Jane Hutchinson; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents and father.
A dog, Charlie, also will miss him.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Pastor Dave Evans, neighbors and friends who visited Scott when he was no longer mobile. Also, special thanks to the nurses in the Intensive Care Unit at UPMC in Greenville; Linda’s coworkers and Advanced Anesthesia Associates who were a constant source of strength during Scott’s illness.
Scott’s laughter and love will be missed by all who knew him.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hickory United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School program, 240 N. Hermitage Road, Hermitage, PA 16148.