Roger Joseph Reiter, 66

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Roger Joseph Reiter, 66, of Jewell, Kansas, went to be with his Lord and Savior unexpectedly but peacefully on Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at the University of Kansas Health Systems, Kansas City, Kansas. Roger was born in Beloit, Kansas, on October 23, 1957 to Arnold Joseph Reiter and Pauline Lucille (Abram) Reiter.
Roger grew up on the farm south of Lovewell Lake until moving to Mankato in 1969. He attended Montrose Elementary until 7th grade. He went to Mankato Junior High and graduated from Mankato High School in 1975.
Roger married the love of his life, Angelia Gail Pierce, on May 28, 1978. To this union four children were born: Bradley Pierce, David Joseph, Cecilia Peggy and Evan Matthew.
Roger held many positions for many people. He was never apprehensive about learning a new trade. He developed his work ethic by working various jobs in Jewell County starting on farms to grocery stores, then onto Dubuque Packing Plant. He earned top salesman and manager position at Superior Motor Parts in Mankato. Upon closing of the NAPA store, he sought employment with Charlie Jacobson when he also began his farming career. He started his first cow herd with his wife in 1986 eventually leading to the start of Gilly's Gelbvieh, becoming members of the American Gelbvieh Association in 1999.
He was a farmer and rancher who worked hard to provide for his family, a husband who loved his wife, a father who treasured his kids, a grandfather who cherished his grandkids, and a neighbor always willing to lend a hand. He enjoyed his time spent with his family, especially his grandkids. He loved them fiercely!
Roger is preceded in death by his parents, Arnold and Pauline Reiter; his brother, Don Reiter; his in-laws, Cecil and Peggy (Nutsch) Pierce, Wayne "Dink" and Charlene Snyder, Cathy Pierce and Sheila Shoemaker.
Left behind to remember and love him: his wife of nearly 46 years, Angelia "Gilly" Reiter; son, Bradley (Jenna) of Formoso; son, David (Sara) Reiter of Montrose; daughter, Cecilia (Mark) Peters of Randall; son, Evan (Sara Jessica) Reiter of Mankato; 15 grandchildren: Val Jean, Virginia, and Charles "Charlie" Reiter; Richard "Richie", Oliver, Anna, Landon, and Eva Reiter; Dakota, Owen, Peggy, Coy, Vance and Quincy Peters; MaKinna Cross; brother, Kenneth (Mary) Reiter of Mankato; sister, Julie (Dennis) Kennedy of Mankato; in-laws: Jeff (Erlina) Pierce of Mankato, Susan Pierce of Narka, Henry (Kim) Pierce of Mankato, Clifford (Beverly) Pierce of Yukon, Oklahoma, Andrea (Thomas) Held of Hermann, Missouri, Matt (Linda) Pierce of Mankato, Beth (Michal) Svoboda of Narka, several nieces and nephews, and a host of other family and friends.
Visitation will be Friday, February 16, 2024, from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm with family greeting friends from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Kleppinger Funeral Home, Jewell, Kansas.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, February 17, 2024, at 10:00 am at Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mankato, Kansas. Burial will follow at the Delta Cemetery, Formoso, Kansas. Followed by a meal and gathering at the Jewell Community Center, Jewell, Kansas.
Memorials can be made to Jewell County Historical Society and Jewell County Fire Departments.
For online condolences, please visit kleppingerfuneralhome.com.

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