Dennis LeRoy Reitz
July 10, 1942 – August 4, 2019
Dennis Reitz, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother, passed away on August 4th following an admirable fight with cancer. He was 77. A Denver native, Dennis attended South High School where he mastered music - playing anything with a reed for the South High School Band, All City Band, All State Band, All State Orchestra, and the DU Hockey Team. He earned his way into DU on a music scholarship, and played alongside many famous performers at Denver concerts, including: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight & the pips, Smokey Robinson, Mel Torme, Johnny Mathis, and most of the touring musicals and ice capades. Later in life, Dennis ran several music shops around town, and founded a limo company. Always taking a genuine interest in people, he kept driving a limo long after he could have retired to spend time with people whom he regarded as friends, not clients.
Dennis is preceded in death by his first wife, Marilyn. He is lovingly remembered by his wife, Georgianne "Gigi"; children, David (Joyce) and Kevin (Linda); grandchildren, Rebecca and Stephen; and siblings, Dottie and Dale. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, August 9, 2019, at 2 o'clock in the afternoon at Olinger Chapel Hill in Centennial.
The family encourages you to share your memories including songs and photos to DennisReitzHighlights@gmail.com
Charitable donations can be made to the Make a Wish Foundation or Denver Hospice in Dennis' honor.
- Celebration Of Life Friday, August 9, 2019
Dennis LeRoy Reitz
August 9, 2019
I first met Dennis about 65 years ago when we both played on his Dad's Gates Rubber Co. baseball team. Later we played together on American Legion and South Denver High School baseball teams, and he caddied for me in golf tournaments. We parted ways shortly after high school, only to reconnect and play a lot of golf after I retired and moved back to Denver some 45 years later. He was always cheerful and perhaps the most optimistic person I have ever met, even throughout his long ordeal with cancer. I am comfortable that he is now in a much better place, but we are left without his charming presence in our world. RIP, Dennis, you are missed.
August 7, 2019
I am sorry for your loss. May his memory be a blessing to all.