Patrick "Secret Squirrel" Reiter, 39
Mass of Christian BurialLife CelebrationPatrick George Reiter, "Secret Squirrel", 39 of Mechanicsville, MD died Sunday, October 12, 2008 in a tragic boating accident.
Born March 14, 1969 in Eau Claire, WI, was the son of Joan Florence Reiter, Eau Claire, WI and the late Gene John Reiter. He graduated from North High School in Eau Claire, WI in June 1988. He joined the USMC in August 1988 and was honorably discharged in August 1991.
He met Debra Lynn Adams while stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and they married on February 17, 1990 at Old Fields Episcopal Church in Hughesville, MD.
Pat was full of energy and always did everything to the max. He worked for Constellation Energy at Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant as a Nuclear Welder and has been there for over 17 years. He also owned and operated a small business known as Reiter's Welding and Propeller as well as the Driver/Owner of the Thunderstruck 553. Reiter's Welding and Propeller initial specialization was welding, however, due to the demand of high performance mechanics, his focus transitioned to servicing, fabricating parts and materials for high performance boats. Reiter's Welding and Propeller is widely recognized as a dependable, quality service oriented organization throughout the High Performance boating community.
Pat began his racing career prior to his enlistment in the United States Marine Corps. His racing career began with his brother Don. Pat contributed most of his racing experience today to his brother, Don and the knowledge he taught him over the years.
Pat's passion for Offshore Racing began in 2006 when he drove the 38' Formula for Hot Licks Racing. In the fall of 2007, Pat decided that he would like to continue the Reiter tradition of Offshore Racing with his son, Dustin. It was at this time that he bought and built a 26' Profile, the new Thunderstruck Racing Offshore Boat. He also created Reiter Racing, LLC with the hopes of one day turning the business over to both his sons, Dustin, and Cody.
In addition to his wife Debbie, he is survived by his sons, Dustin John Reiter and Cody Nicholas Reiter; brothers, Don (Patricia) Reiter, Woodland Hills, CA, Dan (Antje) Reiter, Eau Claire, WI, Dennis (Wendy) Reiter, Eau Claire, WI, Ed (Jordan) Reiter, Chippewa Falls, WI; sisters Mary Jo (Ron) Reiter-Eggers, Pinion Hills, CA, LouAnn (Perry) Franz, Elk Mound, WI, Sally (John) Iverson, Eau Claire, WI, Ann (Jeff) Goodrich, Durand, WI, Rose (Kyle) Doll, Elk Mound, WI; in-laws, Keech and Denise Edelen, White Plains, MD; nieces and nephews, Paul & Misty Reiter, Joe & Sarah Killinger, Jami Killinger, Tammy & Joe Walker, Jesse and Carly Reiter, Laura Franz, Sarah & Kyle Austin, Michael & Andrea Iverson, Ryan, Amy, Jenna, and Cory Goodrich, Danyel, and Zac Doll, Paige Reiter, Jessica, Heather, Keech and Courtney Edelen, father-in-law, Wiley Adams of Mechanicsville, MD.
In addition to his father Gene, he is preceded in death by brother, Randy Reiter and sister, Jean Marie Reiter, and mother-in-law, Linda Adams.
Family will receive friends for Pat's Life Celebration on Wednesday, October 22nd from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, MD. Prayers will be at 7:00 p.m. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 13715 Notre Dame Place, Bryantown, MD. Father Gardiner will be the celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Catholic Church Cemetery. Reception to immediately follow at the American Legion Post 238, 6265 Brandywine Road, Hughesville, MD.
Pall bearers will be Daniel Reiter, Dennis Reiter, Donald Reiter, Edward Reiter, Bryan Martin, Marcelo Parodi, Mike Murray, Troy Spencer.
Honorary pall bearers will be Darin West, Jimmy Rader, Jimmy Simpkins, Josh "Tackle Box" Diehl, Josh Reithmeyer, Keech Edelen, Richard Vallandingham.
Memorial contributions may be made to the "Patrick Reiter Memorial Fund" at Navy Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 3100, Merrifield, VA 22119.
A memorial mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 1st at St. Olaf's Catholic Church in Eau Claire, WI.
Arrangements are being provided by Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, Charlotte Hall, MD.