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Darrell Reitzel went to Heaven on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at the age of 78. He was a strong believer in Jesus Christ, a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Darrell was born on the Roe Ranch in Liberty Township, Osborne County, Kansas on May 24, 1938 to Fay and Lesta Reitzel. The Reitzel family included Darrell’s brothers, Van Eugene and Maurice Donald who greeted him in Heaven, and sister, Romilda Reitzel Nuss.

He grew up on a ranch just north of Waldo, Kansas in the 1940’s and soon realized that if he played basketball…his dad would let him out of chores or work on the farm. He was an excellent athlete. He was a four-year varsity starter in high school. He went to Waldo High School as a freshman and sophomore. He led the team in scoring both seasons and as a sophomore averaged 18 points per game and scored a school record 42 pts in a game; he then transferred to Natoma High School to play for Hall of Fame coach Johnny Locke. As a junior, his team went on a 22 game win streak…losing in the regional playoffs and finished 22-1. As a senior he transferred to play for another Hall of Fame coach – Amos Morris at powerhouse Russell High School. Russell finished 3rd in the state in 1956. Darrell was named First-Team All-State.

Kansas State University assistant coach, Howie Shannon, recruited Darrell after watching him score 29 pts in the regional playoffs. He was awarded a full scholarship to KSU by legendary and Hall of Fame Coach Tex Winter.

Darrell missed part of his freshman basketball season in 1956-57 at KSU due to illness, so he decided to transfer to JUCO powerhouse Moberly Junior College for the 1957-58 season. There, he started for another legendary and Hall of Fame coach - Maurice Johns. His team was ranked #1 in the nation for most of the season.

Darrell then transferred to North Texas State College where he played in the toughest conference in the country that included ranked teams…Cincinnati with future Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson, Bradley with future NBA star Chet Walker, Houston with coach Guy V. Lewis and more. He was the second leading scorer and assist leader. He was also in the top 10 in the Missouri Valley Conference in free throw percentage.

Darrell was a great floor leader and a wizard with the basketball. He continued to play basketball most of his life, culminating with a gold medal in the Sr. Olympics when he was in his mid 60’s.

After graduating from North Texas, he served our country in the Army National Guard. While in the Army, he was given awards for being a sharp shooter and outstanding soldier. He was also chosen to be the platoon leader.

He then became a very successful salesman and manager for the next 40+ years with Procter & Gamble, Van Heusen, Speidel, British Sterling, and Citizen Watch Co. He won many awards for being a top salesman.

When Darrell retired from sales, he became the basketball coach at Heritage Christian Academy where God gave him the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of some great young men. Darrell loved them like they were his own. They won 71 games in 3 seasons and a Christian School National Championship.

His greatest accomplishment was his relationship with his loving wife, Kay, with whom he was married to for just shy of 50 years. It was “love at first sight.” He loved her with all of his heart. They set a beautiful example of how to love God and love each other. It was especially evident how much they loved each other in his last days. It was the perfect example of “love at last sight.”

Darrell loved and was loved by his children Trace Reitzel and spouse Eric, Dustin Reitzel and wife Lea, and Regan Reitzel and wife Jill. He loved and adored his grandchildren Caleb Reitzel and wife Marissa, Jacob Reitzel, Isaiah Reitzel, Ty Reitzel, Toby Reitzel, and Brody Reitzel. He had a special love for and was thankful God gave him great-granddaughters Henley Reitzel and Harper Reitzel.

He also loved and was loved by his nieces and nephews…he was close to all of them.

Darrell loved God and had a relationship with Jesus. He is at peace and celebrating with his Savior along side his parents, brothers, and grandson, Dustin Cash Reitzel, Jr.

There will be a Celebration Service for Darrell on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 10am at Woodlands Church at The Chapel in the Woods.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages you to donate to your local food bank in Darrell’s name.



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13

May

10:00 AM
Woodlands Church at The Chapel in the Woods

1 Fellwoship Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77384

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