Obituary: Chester Reitz

MICHIGAN — Chester “Chet” V. Reitz, 84, of Boyne City, Michigan, died March 29, 2021, with his daughter, Cheryl, by his side.

Chet was born Nov. 22, 1936, in Weiser, Idaho, the son of Chester and Edna (Abbott) Reitz. At only 16 years old, with special written permission of his mother, Chet was able to enlist with the United States Navy. He proudly served his country until his retirement in 1973. It was during this time, he volunteered in search and rescue and emergency services in Oak Harbor, Washington.

Chet had a lifelong devotion to serving others. In 1975, he was hired as a patrolman for the town of Ilwaco, Washington and one year later, he was hired as the emergency services coordinator for Cowlitz County, Washington.

Chet moved up the ranks to Deputy Sheriff of Cowlitz County in March of 1977 and shortly after was named the Chief of Police for Ilwaco, Washington. He loved being a police officer. He received criminal justice training from the commission academy in 1987 from Washington state and moved to the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office from 1987 until his retirement in 1996.

In his free time, Chester enjoyed researching family genealogy, kayaking, RVing and building projects.

He is survived by his three children, Cheryl (Robert) Rosenow, CeAnn Reitz, and Curt Reitz; grandchildren, Breanna (Eric) Roberts, Nathan Reitz, Karis Rosenow, Keith Reitz, Madison Rosenow, Morgan Reitz, and Craig Reitz; as well as his great-grandchildren, Easton and Rylan Roberts; and his siblings, Savilla “Billie” (Lawrence “Doc”) True, and Harry Edward (Pam) Dorsey.

He is preceded in death by his sisters, Betty Ray Reitz and Roberta “Byrd” Sisley.

Chet’s family will scattering his ashes on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula.

Any donations are asked to be directed to the American Lung Association.

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