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Lawrence E "Larry" Reitz

Lawrence E "Larry" Reitz

Lawrence E. “Larry” Reitz, age 88 of Durand, passed away Saturday, June 26, 2021 at the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home in Elmwood with his family by his side.

Larry was born on May 18, 1933 in Durand. He was the son of Elmer and Hazel (Bergeman) Reitz. He was baptized at St. Henry Catholic Church in Eau Galle. Larry grew up on the family farm in the Weber Valley, Town of Eau Galle, rural Elmwood. He attended the Weber Valley one room school, Eau Galle Public School and Durand High School. Larry worked for several farmers in the area before taking over the family farm in 1955. He married the love of his life, Shirley Moe on November 9, 1954 at St. Henry Catholic Church in Eau Galle. After marriage they farmed and raised their family on the family farm. Larry also drove cream truck for the Eau Galle Cheese factory and milk truck for Rex Dunbar. Together, Larry and Shirley farmed until 2000 when they retired and moved to Durand.

Larry liked to go hunting, fishing, trapping and playing cards. He also enjoyed helping his son, Jamie on the farm. Larry and Shirley took many bus trips across the country and he looked forward to trips to the casino. He also loved spending time with his large family and attending his grandchildren's events.

Larry is survived by his 10 children; David (Pam) of Elmwood, Maria (Gerry) Brantner of Eau Claire, Julie (Tom) Caturia of Prescott, Denis (Tracy) of Elmwood, Kevin (Teresa) of Elk Mound, Jamie of Elmwood, Doris (Kurt) VanSchoonhoven of Elk Mound, Edwin (Beth Kley) of Colfax, Chris (Andrea) of Glendale, AZ and Karin (Steven) Wolf of Elk Mound, 24 grandchildren; Steve (Jen), Jody (Jason), Katy (Delton), Amy (Luke), Geralyn, Rachel (Adam), Eric, Brianne, Jaycob, Janessa (Danny), Michael (Chelsea), Kennedy, Kevin, James (Jenna), Jenna (Klint), Jordan, Paige, Cassidy, Sydney, Carter, Abigail, Noah, Evan and Colin, nine step-grandchildren; Hannah, Blake, Megan (Forrest), Logan, Justin (Brittany), Joshua, Donovan (Amy), Cheryl, LeAnn (Ronnie), Brittany (Micah) and Ashley (Kody), 14 great grandchildren, 14 step-great grandchildren, one brother, Ronald Reitz of Elmwood, brother-in-law; Terry (Pat) Moe of Menomonie, sister-in-law; Betty (Gordie) Amick of Madison, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife; Shirley in 2014, sister; Lois (Duane) Bee and sister-in-law; Cleo Reitz.

Funeral Mass will be 11:00AM Friday, July 2, 2021 at St. Henry Catholic Church in Eau Galle. Rev. Jerry Hoeser will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00PM-8:00PM Thursday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

Memorials may be made in Larry’s name to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, https://www.cff.org/.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Steven Schultz

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I remember Larry working in the pickle factory in Elmwood back in the 60's.

  2. Zita and Jerry Schultz

    Pam, Dave and family,
    Extending our sympathy to all of you on the loss of your family member. Our thoughts are with you.

  3. Laurie and Jon Schladweiler

    Please accept our deepest condolences for Larry’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you. Take care. Laurie and Jon

  4. Chris and Arnie Bauer

    Sorry for your loss. Prayers

  5. Tammy Biles

    Deepest sympathy to the Reitz family. Cherish the memories. Tammy & Gabby

  6. Nona Buchholz

    So sorry for your loss! Losing your parents is never easy. Prayers for all of you!

  7. Jerry & Jayne Holt

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  8. Scott & Sheryl Kendall

    Our deepest sympathies go out to the Rietz family on your loss.

  9. Marcia Cox

    My deepest sympathy for the Reitz’s families.I enjoyed working & visiting with Larry. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Diane Longsdorf

    So very sorry for your loss.

  11. Kim and Lynette Wagenbach

    Always enjoyed visiting with Larry about his Buick as we had one too...May he rest in peace.

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