Ronald Tennyson Reitz went to fish the infinite rivers of heaven on the morning of July 20th after a short battle with cancer. Ron’s charismatic presence and booming voice left an ever lasting impression on anyone he met. His love for hunting and fishing reverberated in every story he told even though they were sometimes a little “exaggerated“.
Ronald Tennyson Reitz was born December 28, 1939 in Winfield Pennsylvania, to Tennyson A Reitz and Ferol E Spangler. He grew up along the Susquehanna River and attended a one room school house for six years, then Lewisburg junior\senior high school until graduation in 1957. He joined the Navy after high school and served three years stationed in Oklahoma. He then attended Lycoming College where he played football and upon graduation took a position at Laurelton State Village. A year later he entered Penn State University where he received his masters and doctorate degrees in educational psychology. After excepting a teaching position at EMC (Eastern Montana college) now MSU-Billings, he then moved to Billings Montana in 1974 and begin his teaching career. Upon entering the state of Montana he knew that this was where he wanted to be. The countless rivers and endless cottonwood bottoms gave him multiple opportunities to explore Montana and for that he fell in love.
In 1984 he married Gail Hagen and had three daughters; Nadia, Taryn, and Meggie. They were married for 28 years and built a home in East of Billings Montana on land Ron had for his dog training business, Browns Lake Kennels. For decades, Ron lived his life at his residence raising his children, teaching, and running his business. After retirement from 36 years at MSU Billings, he spent his days hunting, fishing, and enjoying all aspects of the Montana life even though the winters were “too cold”. He shared a special bond with his oldest daughter and taught her all he knew about hunting and fishing. He passed on his charismatic and witty nature to his two youngest daughters and made sure they were strong, successful women. Ron later married Jennifer A Friedline and lived out in his final days with her loving presence at his side.
Not a day will go by where he’s not missed by his friends and family. He is now free of pain, walking the everlasting streams flow of trout and river bottoms full of deer. So many memories will be held dear to our hearts and he will live on in our thoughts. Rest high on that mountain dad, listen to the elks bugle and the wind blow through pines and know that you are dearly missed. We love you dad.
Ron is preceded in death by his parents Tennyson Reitz and Ferol Spangler. He is survived by his sister Nancy Keiser, his wife Jennifer Reitz, daughters Nadia Simons, Taryn Plouffe, and Meggie Shaw, and his grandsons Trystan, Ryker, Cru, and baby Shaw arriving mid August.
A Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday, August 1, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Heights Family Funeral Home.