William Reiff Obituary

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In Memory of

William R. Reiff

June 3, 1920 - April 17, 2014
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  William Ray Reiff passed away peacefully Thursday evening the 17 th of April 2014 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on the 3 rd of June 1920, to Michael and Charlotte Reiff. He moved to Brownsville as a teenager after the family had spent many winters in South Texas. Bill joined the CCC’s shortly out of High School and did public works projects in Minnesota. After some years in the CCC’s, Bill enlisted in the US Army. From basic training he went to Radio School and was later assigned to the staff and faculty of the Southern Signal Corps at Camp Murphy, Florida. After training, Bill was sent...


 



William Ray Reiff passed away peacefully Thursday evening the 17th of April 2014 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on the 3rd of June 1920, to Michael and Charlotte Reiff. He moved to Brownsville as a teenager after the family had spent many winters in South Texas. Bill joined the CCC’s shortly out of High School and did public works projects in Minnesota. After some years in the CCC’s, Bill enlisted in the US Army. From basic training he went to Radio School and was later assigned to the staff and faculty of the Southern Signal Corps at Camp Murphy, Florida. After training, Bill was sent to England then participated in the Allied March through Europe from France, Belgium, and finally Germany. He was assigned to a Signal Radar Maintenance Unit whose mission was to intercept and shoot down the German V1’s and V2 Rockets. His unit participated in the defense of the in Antwerp, Belgium where Germans launched over 5,000 V1 Rockets, 2,400 against the port itself. Bill was separated from the army briefly, then called up again during the Korean War. The combined years of service in the military gave him the opportunity to attend college on the GI Bill. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated from UT Law School in 1950’s. Bill’s civilian career began when he was hired by Coastal States Energy. While at Coastal States, he met his future wife, Glyn Doris, who also worked for the company. They were married in 1959. Bill was an avid motorcycle rider who has ridden hundreds of thousands of miles for over 71 years and owned 19 different models over the years. One trip of over 5,000 miles was made when he was 80 years old. He was also an accomplished sailor and won the Navantracom Regatta Silver Cup 1st Place in 1966. Bill left Coastal and went to work for the Texas Real Estate Commission where he retired. He was a devoted Christian and attended First Baptist Church in Corpus Christi. He is survived by his wife, Glyn, his two children, Alan, & Pam, son-in-law Alan Smith, and his five grandchildren, Marshall, Morgan, Max, AJ, and Christopher.   Friends are cordially invited to a Memorial Service at First Baptist Church, 3115 Ocean Dr, Wednesday, April 23, at 11:00am. A reception will follow in the church parlor.



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