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In Remembrance
William Tacquard Reitmeyer Jr.
Hayes Funeral Home

William Tacquard Reitmeyer Jr.William Tacquard Reitmeyer Jr. passed from this life on February 29, 2008 at his home on Reitmeyer Ranch in Hitchcock, Texas surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Hitchcock, Texas on December 28, 1921. He was the son of Florence Canaan and William T. Reitmeyer Sr. and a descendant of the pioneering Jacques Tacquard family who owned and ranched many acres in Galveston and Brazoria counties.  He was a 1940 graduate of Kirwin High School in Galveston, Texas.  Mr. Reitmeyer was a retired building contractor in Galveston County as well as a rancher who continued to work his cattle up until the time of his death.  Later in life, following in his father’s footsteps, he became a landman for various companies putting oil leases together.

Mr. Reitmeyer loved his Lord, his family, his community and his country. He was a faithful member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church where he served as usher for many years. He was also past president of Our Lady of Lourdes Men’s Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents William and Florence Reitmeyer and sister Florence Marie Sampson.   Survivors include his wife of over 60 years,  the love of his life, Julia Harris Reitmeyer;  one daughter, Julie Hillman and husband John;  four sons, Bill III and wife Kay; Albert and wife Sharon; John  and wife Susan; Wayne  and wife Debbie;  grandchildren, Jennifer and Joseph Hillman, Stephenie Patrick and husband Mike, Kari Sanders and husband Keith, Bradley,  Christopher,  Mary Catherine,  Leslie, Brooks,  Natalie and Chase Reitmeyer; three great-grandchildren, Paige and Jordan Patrick and Kamille Jefferson;  sister Emmy Martin; brother Dr. J.C. Reitmeyer and wife Gerry, and brother-in-law, Carol Harris.

Mr. Reitmeyer was elected in 1960 and served his community as alderman and Mayor Pro-Tem on the first Hitchcock City Council and as Mayor of Hitchcock from 1969-1973. He was also a member of the Planning and Zoning Board which adopted an ordinance approved by the council in 2000. Like his father before him, he was a former president of the Hitchcock Chamber of Commerce.  He was honored as Premier Citizen by the Chamber in 2004.

Mr. Reitmeyer proudly enlisted and served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater. When the war ended he was on Samar in the Philippines.  He was discharged on December 15, 1945 from Camp Wallace in Hitchcock, Texas, as a Carpenter’s Mate First Class.  He was a charter member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #5400 in Santa Fe, where he served as a former Post Commander.  He also served as District Commander for VFW District #16.  In his later years, he proudly wore his naval uniform at various military dedications and parades.

Visitation will be on Monday, March 3rd at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Hitchcock from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a Vigil beginning at 7:00 p.m., followed by a Rosary.  A funeral mass will be celebrated Tuesday, March 4th at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Reverend John Kappe, Celebrant.  Interment will follow at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Hayes Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be his sons and grandsons.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Hitchcock Heritage Society, 9306 Woodacres, Hitchcock, Texas 77563 or Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, 10114 Hwy 6, Hitchcock, Texas 77563.

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