Date of Death: September 1, 2023

Service Details

Visitation will be held Friday, September 8, 2023 at 10:00A at Hohner Funeral Home, 1004 Arnold St. Three Rivers, MI. A memorial service will be held at 11:00A at the funeral home with Pastor James Smith officiating. There will be a luncheon following the service at the Three Rivers Lions Club.

Obituary Notice

Robert Whitfield Reetz, 73, passed away Friday, September 1, 2023 at Beacon Health System – Three Rivers, Michigan.

He was born November 4, 1949 in Rochester, New York, the son of Harry and Maxine Reetz, and graduated from Irondequoit High School with the Class of 1967. A chemist by trade, Bob graduated with a degree in Physics from Purdue University in 1971. He worked at Hudson Valley Polymers and Republic Roller.

In the summer of 1971 Bob married Jane Broker. The two shared forty-five years of marriage until her passing in 2017. They enjoyed traveling, gardening together and spending time with their family. Remaining to cherish his memory are two sons, Nathan and Jonathan (Laura), his brother Bill (Christine) Reetz, his sister Barbara (Dick) Vreeland, his three granddaughters – Katherine, Margaret and Patricia, his brothers-in-law David (Jan) Broker and Gary Reames, and his sister-in-law Judy (Scott) Mitchell. Bob loved playing golf every week with his friends, his brother and his two sons.

Bob was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and played bass in the Sunday service for many years. Bob was a very talented bass player as a member of the Milwaukee Symphony, the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra and a number of other bands. He was a long time member of the Three Rivers Lions Club. Bob was integral in the development of Three Rivers HarmonyFest which just celebrated its 30th year.

Additional Information

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s memory may be directed to Three Rivers Lions Club. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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  1. Bob you will be greatly missed. It was a pleasure to help take care of you. I know you are happy to be with your wife again. God bless to you and your family.

  2. Bob will be missed at his winter home in North Fort Myers, Fl (Swan Lake). He was a wonderful man and we enjoyed golfing 🏌️ with him! Such a gentleman and great golfer! Rest In Peace with your love God and Jane! Love 💕Judy and Steve Otey

  3. Bob Reetz was one of the “coolest” men at Purdue from 1967-1971. He was very bright, funny, a little odd, but just so cool! All us girls just adored him!! When he met Jane, we thought they made a great couple. I was honored to have been his friend for over 5 decades, and I will miss his smiling face, his big laugh, and his kindness. They don’t make guys like Bob anymore and that’s too bad. Planet Earth needs more kind people with big hearts. I shall miss you, my Friend. Hope to see you in the next lifetime.

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