Karl Harold Reiter

November 1, 1933October 18, 2014

Karl H Reiter passed away peacefully on October 18 surrounded by family who adored him.

Karl was born in Winnipeg Canada on November 1, 1933 to Herb and Anne Reiter of blessed memory. Herb fought in WWII while Anne struggled to raise Karl. For a time, Karl resided in an orphanage in Winnipeg.

Karl joined the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets at age 14. In the regular Royal Canadian Navy, he was a Storesman on HMCS Destroyer Sussexvale, and HMCS Crusader. He also saw action in Korea as a gun captain on the Sussexvale.

Herb and Anne moved to Houston while Karl was deployed. As fortune would have it, he was visiting them in Houston when he and some friends went to the local JCC where Karl saw his future wife, - Eunice in the library. If ever there was a case of love at first sight, this was it. He told his friends “I am going to marry this girl”. Sure enough, a week later they were engaged. After his service in the Navy, Eunice and Karl settled down in Houston. Karl took on a variety of sales jobs, but what he really wanted to do was become a Marine Surveyor. Following his love of the sea, he became a Marine Surveyor and Salvage diver for Hull and Cargo Marine Surveyors – a job that let him travel all over the world. He would always return home with tales of countless colorful adventures.

Karl had various certifications and affiliations related to salvage, cargo loading and unloading, drilling, and marine surveying. He was also a Mason, Shriner, member of the Scottish Rite, and was an member of Brith Shalom in Houston and Congregation Beth El in Missouri City. Karl was Master Of Ceremonies at his local Masonic Lodge and was a drummer in the Shrine band. He even at one point played drums with Janis Joplin.

Karl played all trivia games TO WIN, and played “Grandpa” in the Missouri City Ballet production of the Nutcracker. He was a cast member on the Judge Alex TV show, and studied Drumming under an Indian Tabla Master

Karl’s biggest joys were his loving wife Eunice, and his children – Joe Reiter (Wendy) from Boston, MA, Sheila Reiter from Austin TX, and Elaine Reiter (Alan Berger) also of Boston MA; and he was also deeply loved by his grandchildren – Arielle and Joshua Reiter and Leah Berger.

Karl never met a stranger and endeared himself to everyone he met.

A memorial service will be held Monday October 20, 2014 at 4:00pm at Congregation Beth El, 3900 Raoul Wallenberg Lane, Missouri City, Texas 77459. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Congregation Beth El in Karl’s memory.


  • Memorial Service Monday, October 20, 2014

Karl Harold Reiter

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Sharman McGilbert

November 13, 2014

Eunice, my sincere condolences go out to you and your family. Karl certainly made our neighborhood a better place, and delighted so many of us with his great stories.

Colene Blankinship

November 11, 2014

Eunice, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your friends at AFWA also extend their condolences.

October 31, 2014


It is impossible to describe the impact Karl had on my life! I even recall first meeting him at Bob and Joyce's nearly 50 years ago.

His quick wit, effervescent personality, and engaging conversation will be missed by all.

God bless you and your family, Eunice. You are in my prayers.

Tom “Tommy” Stults

October 27, 2014

The Ostroff Family sends our sincere condolences to The Reiter Family. We will miss seeing Karl at the Bagel Shop and around the neighborhood.
Kathy & Bernie Ostroff

October 27, 2014

The Ostroff Family sends our sincere condolences to The Reiter Family. We will miss seeing Karl at the Bagel Shop.


October 22, 2014

May all your wonderful memories and times spent together make this difficult time easier! I have very fond memories of spending time with Eunice and Karl at Joe and Wendy's wedding and at Celebrations for Arielle. My sincere condolences to all of you! Elsie

Deena Brodie

October 22, 2014

Our thoughts and love are with your family. Your Dad always brought a smile to our faces! Your amazing memories will be a comfort to you. The stories will live on forever! Oxox Deena and Jordan

Rita Abdeladim

October 21, 2014

Sheila and family, my deepest condolences on the loss of your DAD. Sheila, I now understand how your adventurous spirit was fueled. Find peace and comfort in all of the wonderful loving memories of Karl. My prayers are with you.

Kimberly Henry

October 20, 2014

Love and prayers to the Reiter family. Uncle Karl always made me laugh and was such a bright personality...he will be missed by so many. Godspeed Uncle Karl.

Mike Bullock

October 20, 2014

I had the fortune to work for Karl for a while, many years ago. He was a mentor who shared his knowledge during that time. It can be said that Karl, much more so than most, lead a very interesting life. Please accept my condolences.