Richard L. "Dick" Reis, 81, of East U.S. 224, Tiffin, passed away early Monday morning, June 24, 2013, at his home, following a brief illness.
Dick was born Nov. 4, 1931, in Seneca County, to Bert and Maude Reis. He married Donna L. Ink April 19, 1954, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Tiffin, and she survives in rural Tiffin.
Also surviving are one son and two daughters, Christy (Whitey) Florence of Bloomville and Eric Reis and Cheryl (Chris King) Hammer, both of rural Tiffin; eight grandchildren, Nicole (Ben) Collar, 1st Lt. Jason Florence, USMC, Megan Florence, Brittani (Jason) McClaflin, Clint Reis, Danielle Reis, J.T. Hammer and Erika (Luke) Leppla; and five great-grandchildren, Jackson and Lucy Collar, Brock Reis Brause, Ryker McClaflin and Della Mae Leppla; two brothers, John (Loretta) Reis and Robert (Phyllis) Reis; a sister-in-law, Wanda Reis of Tiffin; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents; one brother, James; and four sisters, Hazel (Kenneth) Smith, Martha (Charles) Reagan, Mary Jane (Donald) Miller and Anna Mae "Boots" (Richard) McCarthy.
Dick graduated from Eden Local School, Melmore, in 1950. After graduation, he farmed and then, in 1954, volunteered to join the U.S. Army and served in Korea at the end of the Korean War. Upon discharge from the U.S. Army, he worked at Tiffin General Electric for a while and then he went to work for Charles M. Ink in the construction business, building bridges. When Mr. Ink retired, Dick formed a construction business R&I Construction Inc. and also continued with farming. R&I still is in business today, run by his son, Eric, and has built bridges all over Ohio. Dick retired, but continued to help with the construction business which is now a fourth-generation operation. His favorite passion was bridges and he was a member of the Ohio Laborers Union.
Dick had many interests. He loved to hunt squirrel, deer and frogs. He loved all sports; especially The Ohio State University sports, Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Cavaliers. He enjoyed all of his grandchildren, especially their showing pigs at the Seneca County Fair and attending their high school sporting events. He loved to drive around and see what the farmers were accomplishing. He also enjoyed watching his young great-grandchildren progress.
A Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Friday, June 28, 2013, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Tiffin, with the Rev. Joseph Szybka officiating. A rosary will be prayed 20 minutes prior to the Mass.
Visitation for relatives and friends will be 3-7 p.m. Thursday at Hoffmann-
Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory, 236 S. Washington St., Tiffin, OH 44883, (419) 447-2424. A Christian wake service will begin at 7 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice Care or to the American Cancer Society.
Condolences may be sent and the guest book signed at www.hgmackfuneralhome.com.