Gross Funeral Home

120 Wrights ST, Hot Springs, AR


James Eugene Reiter

April 1, 1934May 17, 2020

James E. “Jim” Reiter

James E. “Jim” Reiter, 86, of Hot Springs, Arkansas passed away Sunday, May 17, 2020. He was born April 1, 1934 in Quincy, IL to the late Harold & Virginia (Rupp) Reiter.

Jim graduated from Notre Dame High School in Quincy, IL, and attended Quincy College for one l Semester before enlisting in the Navy where he served for 4 years. While stationed in Boston, MA, he met Barbara and on July 12, 1958 they married in Massachusetts. They made their first home in Quincy, IL, where Jim opened a photo studio, and where their children were born. The family moved to Tolono, IL, where he worked for the University of Illinois, Urbana Campus as Chief of Still Photography.

He was a “man's man” and enjoyed the outdoors, hunting in his early years, and was an avid fisherman until his death. While living in the Champaign area, he visited Hot Springs every spring to fish, and fell in love with the area. In 1983 he took early retirement and switched careers, moving to Hot Springs where he single-handedly built his beautiful home on the lake, and began remodeling homes and building rental property. Besides fishing, he loved playing games of all kinds, especially poker, starting a weekly poker club with friends he met at the Knights of Columbus, where he became a very active member, instrumental in expanding their, now gigantic, rummage sale.

He and Barb loved to travel and managed to take several trips overseas and numerous cruises. While in their 70's they began spending winters in South Texas and summers on the coast of Oregon, always driving so they could take in all the sites enroute.

Jim is survived by his wife Barbara Reiter; children John Reiter (Cindy), Jeanne Silaski (Grayson), Susan Restad (Keith), Adam Reiter (Kim), David Reiter (Grazia) and Amy Love; grandchildren Rebecca Reiter, James Reiter, Amanda Braun, Michael Love, David Restad, Matthew Restad, Nicolas Reiter and Anthony Reiter; great grandchildren Hannah Reiter, Phoenix MacGregor, Anna Restad, Coralyn Braun, Michael Restad; brothers John Reiter (Ella Marie) and Michael Reiter (Julie) Reiter; and cousins Basil and Adaline Rupp.

The family has chosen to have a memorial Mass of Christian Burial at the Catholic Church of St. John the Baptist at a later date, to be announced.

They request that Memorials be made to the Knights of Columbus for the benefit of those they serve.


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James Eugene Reiter

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pat (walz) Livingston

May 24, 2020

If there was one person in this world that influenced my life more than any other, it was Jim.
As a teenager I worked part time in his photo studio and due to his patience and guidance I entered the WAC as a student of photography.
After my time in the military , I gave up my planned career to raise my children, but in retirement I have rekindled my love of nature pictures.
He and his family still enter my memory, and I thank them for helping to make me the person that I am today.
Rest in Peace Jim

Linda Jester

May 21, 2020

Barb and family,
I was so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I know he will be missed by all of you. My sympathy to all of the family.
Barb we need to get together as soon as allowed and maybe have lunch. I think last time I saw you out to eat we said we were going to do that. My love to you and all the family.
Linda Jester

Rebecca Reiter

May 19, 2020

Jim Reiter was my grandfather, and I was the first of the grand kids. My fondest memory of my grandfather was on the party barge on the lake and listening to stories of the lake. I also remember his Sunday afternoon drives he would take the family on to show us beautiful places or interesting things. Rest easy Grandpa.


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