for Robert J. Reithel, 81 of Clovis will be
held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 28,
1998, at the Kingswood United Methodist
Church. The Rev. Ross Dunn will officiate.
Burial will be Thursday, October 29, 1998 at
the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1:00 p.m.
Muffley Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Reithel was born October 15, 1917, in
Rosiclare, Illinois, and died October 25,
1998, at Plains Regional Medical Center in
moved to Henderson County, Kentucky in his
early childhood and graduated from Spottsville,
Kentucky High School. He received a B.S.
degree from Western Kentucky University where
he was an honors R.O.T.C. graduate.
entered the U.S. Army in 1942 and became a BAR
and the Chief Bayonet Instructor for the
Infantry School at Ft. Benning, Georgia. He
was with the 76th Infantry Division, and the
304th Regiment, in Luxembourg and Germany. He
was awarded the Bronze Star with V for Valor,
the Purple Heart, and the Combat Infantryman
Badge. He retired from service on June 17,
1947 as a Lt. Colonel. Following his
retirement he went on to receive an M. S.
degree in Physics and Mathematics from the
University of Kentucky.
1953 he began work as a research physicist at
Los Alamos National Scientific Laboratory, New
Mexico, where he remained for sixteen years
and became a leader in his field of physics.
He was recognized in the 1955 edition of
American Men of Science, The Physical
Sciences. He then moved to Clovis, New Mexico
and taught Earth Science and Mathematics at
Gattis Jr. High until his retirement in 1981.
He was active in the chair and other
activities at Kingswood United Methodist
Church. He was involved in his community
through the Curry County Genealogical Society,
and was President of the Clovis Astronomy
Club. Among his many honors he was made a
Member of the Order of the Silver Beaver, the
highest award given to adults by the Boy
Scouts or America, and a member of the Legion
of Honor of the Clovis El Desayuno Kiwanis
Club. He was also a member of the 76th
Infantry Division Association, and the
President of the 304th Regiment Association,
the Texas Society of the Sons of the American
Revolution/Panhandle-Plains Chapter, the
Retired Officers Association and V.F.W. Post #
3280 here in Clovis.
survived by his wife , Louise Emmick Reithel
of the Home, two sons and wives: Robert and
Sherry Reithel of Rosenberg, TX, Brian and
Vicki Reithel of Oxford, MS; three daughters
and their husbands: Elaine and John Anderson,
of Edgewood, NM, Terrie and Larry Gilstrap, of
Denver, CO, and Cathy and Chet Wyant, of
Clovis, NM; one brother and his wife, Marion
and Mary Lynn Reithel of Union City, TN; one
foster son and wife, Shawn and Tonya Perkins
of Ft. Worth, TX; twelve grandchildren and one
preceded in death by one son, James Fredrick
Reithel, his parents, Fred and Ruth Board
Reithel; and beloved uncle and aunt, Pete and
Anna Board Connolly.
will be his grandchildren and honorary
pallbearers will be his many Friends. Memorial
Contributions can be made to the American
Heart Association or a favorite Charity.
will lie in state at Muffley Funeral Home
until services where the casket will remain
closed. Military honors will be conducted by
the Cannon Air Force Base Honor Guard.
Santa Fe New Mexican, The (NM) - October 27,