Monroe Dexter Reitz
February 18, 1927 – November 14, 2020
Monroe Dexter Reitz February 18, 1927 - November 14, 2020
Monroe (Monty) D. Reitz, was born in Hancock, Minnesota to German parents whose families established their new lives in America at the turn of the century and where Monty grew up to love farm life and the woods and wilderness of the northern plains state.
After Monty’s military service at the end of WWII, when he first came to California and was stationed at Fort Ord, he graduated from MSUM (Moorhead Teachers College in Minnesota) where he met and married Gladys Sheer in1950. Their first assignment was on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Minnesota to teach/coach Native American students. In 1953, they moved to California where Monty received his Master Degree at UCLA. Their two daughters, Michelle Claire and Cheri Diane, were born before the couple’s divorce in 1965 when the lived in San Mateo.
Monty worked in San Mateo, Belmont, Sonoma and Livermore school districts before retiring in 1990. He and his wife of 45 years, Ramona, then moved to Pacific Grove. With his Shutzhund trained German Shepherd, Vicky von der Pfalz, Monty began his avocation of Search and Rescue training and service, both in Santa Cruz County and Monterey County Sheriff’s SAR Volunteer Team.
Monty trained SAR dogs until his 90’s when his long battle with cancer brought him to the end of a long and varied life. He was known for his knowledge of government, politics, school administration and volunteerism.
He was dearly loved by his family: Ramona, Diane Hunter, Michelle and Rory Glaubert, Cheri Cerna; step-sons, Jeff and Lyn Toquinto, Steve Toquinto and Tim Toquinto; grandsons, Ryan Glaubert and Casey Cerna; granddaughters, Signy, Kyra and Alya Toquinto, Andrea and Kaden Toquinto and great-grandchildren, Blake and Carson Glaubert, Ripley and Rowyn Toquinto and Mara Toquinto.
Monty will be missed by his friends in education and dog training and, although many were unaware of Monty’s love of poetry, he wrote these last words…
Here he lies Where he longs to be Near to the mountains Close to the sea Wicky and Hero Searching with me We’ve reached the headlands Where we are finally Free
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Monroe Dexter Reitz
November 22, 2020
We would like to send our sincere condolences to the Reitz family. Monty helped my husband Greg train our Wire Haired Griffon Daphne to be a search and rescue dog. Daphne would “find” the hiding volunteers during training then go look for birds and bunnies. Monty was a great man who had a deep love for the dogs he had and helped train. The MCSO was lucky to have had his knowledge and his assistance with the Search and Rescue team.
Susan and Greg Clark