Rex Leonard Reitz

  • Born: November 27, 1927
  • Died: November 21, 2018
  • Location: Staples, Texas

Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home South

2620 S. Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

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Tel. (512) 442-1446

Tribute & Message From The Family


Rex was born an only child in Coffeeville, Kansas to father Clayton B. Reitz and mother Jesse A. Davis.

His adult life started at the University of Texas with his Kappa Sig brothers whom he shared a lifetime of deep, loving friendship. Also, while at UT, cruising through Dirty Martin's parking lot he met the love of his life, his wife of 30 years and ex-wife of 37 years, Mary Ann Alexander from Kansas City, Missouri. Their four children: Barbara Briske, Holly Gregor, Richard Reitz, and Julie Reitz served as audience and material for his well told, entertaining stories. The backdrop for many of those stories at that time occurred on Lake Travis while camping, fishing, and water skiing.

Always beating to the sound of his own drum, Rex started numerous entrepreneurial endeavors including his business' Polyplastics and Insulex. Upon retiring artistic projects came to the forefront, such as designing furniture and jewelry, writing short stories and poetry, and photography which he learned in the navy.

At 81, Rex left Austin in search of his next great adventure, landing in Staples, Texas where he found new friends who quickly became his Staples Family. The great outdoors was his church and the home he built on the San Marcos River was his sanctuary.

Rex has four grandchildren: Adam Briske, Gavin Briske, Riley Gregor, and Rex Reitz. Our hope for all the boys is to honor and learn from Rex's values: cherished friendships, steadfast integrity, love of nature, and a soulful passion for creating. Rex's legacy includes love for his country, independent thought, free-spirited playfulness, and an ornery sense of humor.

He was a maverick…some even say he was cool.

Rest in peace Rex Reitz with your only son, Richard, fishing and telling tales.

As you always told us, "Give 'em hell."


Condolence & Memory Journal

Barbara, Holly, Julie and grandsons my sincere condolences on Rex's passing.

Though I never met any of you in person, I know you a little anyway; your names and faces come readily to mind from the many hours Rex shared his joy and pride in you all. My wife and I had the pleasure of visiting Rex at Texanadu. I enjoyed his frequent phone calls; they always lit up my day. I will miss him tremendously!

He was a wonderful man, as your description well captures, and he became a dear friend as we pored over our family's Pennsilfaanisch Deitsch heritage, about which he was very knowledgeable.

Posted by Paul Reitz - Whitinsville, MA - Family   December 05, 2018

Wonderful remembrance of Rex. It took me back to some special times. All the best to the family.

Posted by Will Eckert - Austin, TX - Friend   December 03, 2018

Barbara, Holly and Julie. Some of my earliest memories are of your Dad. He will be greatly missed.

Posted by Michael Herrod - Phoenix, AZ   December 03, 2018

Barbara and Holly,

I am so sorry to hear about your dad! He was such a wonderful person and I have a lot of good memories from Greenlee Drive. I am thinking about you and sending love.

Posted by Mindy McDonald Smith - Alpharetta, GA - Friend   November 28, 2018


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Barbara, Holly, Julie and grandsons — my sincere condolences on Rex's passing. Though I never met any of you in person, I know you a little anyway; your names and faces come readily to mind from the many hours Rex shared his joy and pride in you all. My wife and I had the pleasure of visiting Rex at Texanadu. I enjoyed his frequent phone calls; they always lit up my day. I will miss him tremendously! He was a wonderful man, as your description well captures, and he became a dear friend as we pored over our family's Pennsilfaanisch Deitsch heritage, about which he was very knowledgeable.