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Eldon Reitz

August 23, 1936 — January 7, 2021

Eldon Reitz

Eldon Albert Reitz, 85, of Baroda passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at Spectrum Health Lakeland,  St. Joseph.

The family will be remembering Eldon privately. Online condolences accepted at to send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Eldon Albert Reitz,

Eldon was born August 23, 1935 in Baroda, the son of late John R Reitz and Olga A (Pufall) Reitz. He married Jeanette (McNees) Strefling on May 3, 1958. Eldon served in the Army’s Company A 1 st Infantry. He worked as a machinist at Lakeshore Metal and was a part-time farmer. After retirement he and Jan grew and sold fresh cut flowers from their homemade roadside stands. Eldon loved to celebrate holidays and gatherings close to home at their personal pond. His passions were deer hunting in the U.P., playing euchre and visiting with friends in his garage.

Survivors include his children: Cheryl Schoenback, Michele (Rick) MacPherson and Denise (Scott) VanSchaardenburg; seven grandchildren: Maureen (Brad) Pliley, Kristin and Allison Schoenback, Alexa and Anika VanSchaardenburg, Ian MacPherson and Ardee Faultersack; great granddaughter Aubree Pliley; siblings: Jeannette Kruse, Louise Reitz.

Eldon was preceded by his wife Jan, his son Steve, his sisters Marguerite Reck and Carlyn Graves.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Boyd Chapel of Pike Funeral and Cremations Service, 9191 Red Arrow Hwy. Bridgman.

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