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John & Kathleen Reiter

John & Kathleen Reiter

Overland Park, Kansas

 

John Patrick (Jack) Reiter, Sr 1935-2023
Kathleen Reiter (Williamson) 1936-2023

Jack Reiter, 87, of Overland Park, KS, passed away peacefully on January 13, 2023.
Kathleen Reiter, 86, of Overland Park, Ks, passed away peacefully on March 3, 2023.

The internment service for both Jack and Kathleen as well as their son John P Jr. will be held on Friday,
March 24th at 10:00 a.m. at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery located at 86 th St and Quivira Rd in Lenexa,
KS in the Prince of Peace Chapel inside the Mausoleum. This will be a short ceremony led by family
friend and Deacon, Keith Hoffman. Although masking is no longer required by the Cemetery, the family
strongly encourages it in order to protect other family members and friends who are going through
serious high-risk health issues. A Catholic Mass will be held in Jack and Kathleen’s name on Sunday, June
11 th at 9:00 a.m. at St. Michael the Archangel in Overland Park at 9:00 a.m. and will be live-streamed. A
luncheon will be held after the ceremony at the home of Kathleen’s sister, Ethel O’Neill.

Jack Reiter was born to William Reiter and Ann (Halloran) Reiter in Springfield, MO. Kathleen Reiter was
born to Hugh Williamson and Lenore (Fitzpatrick) Williamson in Des Moines, IA. They were married in
November 1954 in Kansas City, MO.

Jack Reiter founded JP Reiter Construction in 1966. In 1997 Jack went to work for Lafarge Construction
Materials until he retired from the construction industry. From there he focused on the expansion of
Smokehouse BBQ, an endeavor he helped develop in 1987. He was very involved with the Heavy
Constructor’s Association and the Knights of Columbus. Jack was an avid golfer, which led him and
Kathleen to live part-time in Palm Desert, CA through many winters. Jack was an enigmatic character,
full of life and laughter, and sometimes a little vinegar, too. He was always quick to help others with
their true potential, and rarely said no to a good investment opportunity, or to help a friend out.

Kathleen, lovingly referred to as “Phroxie”, was the heart of her family, both born into and chosen, and
was a fabulous mother to five sons and a daughter. She loved gardening, traveling, reading, and going
to movies whenever the opportunity presented itself. She had a wonderful sense of humor and was the
life of any party, and sometimes, just sometimes when the opportunity presented itself, she could be
heard performing her infamous Tarzan yell…even from the balcony of a New Orleans or New York hotel!
She loved entertaining and was always there for an ear and a shoulder if you needed one. Her spirit and
laughter were infectious, and she was always such a great light for those who needed it.

Kathleen and Jack were preceded in death by their first-born son, John Patrick JR (Pat), and infant sons
Tom and David. They were survived by their children, Michael, Timothy, Daniel, Mark, and Maureen.
They had 5 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. They will be dearly
missed by all who knew them.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Graveside Service

Friday, March 24, 2023

10:00 - 10:30 am (Central time)

Resurrection Catholic Cemetery

8300 Quivira Rd, Lenexa, KS 66215

In the Prince of Peace Chapel inside of the mausoleum

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Mass

Sunday, June 11, 2023

9:00 - 10:00 am (Central time)

St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Parish

14251 Nall Ave, Overland Park, KS 66223

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