Carl Hoffman Reist, 93, WWII and Korea vet, draftsman, active at Lititz Moravian, football coach

By on October 25, 2017

Carl Hoffman Reist, Major USAF Retired, 93, of Lititz, entered into the presence of the Father on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, surrounded by his family.

Born in Lititz, he was the son of the late Rufus Kline and Pearl (Hoffman) Reist. He was an outstanding student-athlete at Lititz High School, lettering in four sports, and was the 1942 Lancaster County Singles Tennis Champion.

Carl was the loving husband of Betty Garman Summy Reist, and they observed their 45th wedding anniversary in May of this year. His first wife was the late Ruth I. Broughton Reist, who died in 1966.

Reist was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving during World War II and the Korean Conflict, retiring from the service in 1962. During his service, he piloted many different aircraft. He attained the rank of major and worked as an instructor pilot in his later years of service. For over 30 years, Carl was a chief draftsman for Mayo Tunnel and Mine Equipment, which later became Elgood-Mayo of Lancaster.

Carl was an active and faithful member of the Lititz Moravian Congregation, and assumed the role of head chandelier (candle maker) after many years of volunteering. He enjoyed singing tenor in the church senior choir for many years.

He was also the head coach of a Lititz Midget League football teams during the mid-1950s. The four-team league was the start of the midget football program that continues today.

Carl had a life-long passion for his country, family, and community.

Surviving in addition to his wife Betty is a son, Randolph C., husband of Mary Reist, of Royersford; two stepsons: Mark E., husband of Mary Summy, of Rock Port Ind.; Eric J., husband of Sadie Summy, of Lititz; eight grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death, in addition to his first wife, are two sons: Ronald A. Reist, Robin L. Reist; a brother: Wilbur H. Reist; a sister: Audrey A. Clinton; and a great-grandson: Parker Raffensperger.

His memorial service was held Oct. 24 at Lititz Moravian Church. Interment was in the adjoining church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in Carl’s memory to: Book of Remembrance, c/o Lititz Moravian Church, 8 Church Square, Lititz, PA 17543.

To place a condolence online, visit Buch Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Lititz, handled the arrangements.

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