Mr. Elmer Eugene Reis

  • Born: July 30, 1939
  • Died: January 23, 2010
  • Location: Del Mar, California

El Camino Memorial - Sorrento Valley and El Camino Memorial Park

5600 Carroll Canyon Rd.
San Diego, CA 92121

sorrentovalleychapel@stei.com
Tel. (800) 352-2646

Tribute & Message From The Family


Elmer Reis Dec 24th 2009

Message From The Family

On behalf of Ernie and Richard Reis, they thank you for your Prayers and Kind Words. Elmer will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers the Reis family requests donations be made in Elmer Reis' name to The Salvation Army or Wings Foundation.

Elmer. E. Reis, 70, of Del Mar, CA, rejoined the Lord on January 23, 2010. He was born in Scottsbluff, NE on July 30, 1939, the first-born son of the late Elmer and Esther Reis. He was the oldest of 3 children and is survived by his sisters Barbara and Carole. He is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Ernestine Reis and his son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Leanne Reis, and his grandchildren Zane and Zada Reis of Camarillo, CA.; adopted step daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and John Rathjen of Waipahu, HI; and Elmer also left many extended family members and friends who will cherish his memory.

Elmer Reis graduated from high school in Rantoul, Illinois in 1957. He received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering Mechanics from University of Illinois in 1962 and received his Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics in 1963.

He was a resident of San Diego for the last 35 years and had a rich career in nuclear fusion research and development with General Atomics for 31 years. He was an avid golfer, world traveler, Assistant Scout Master, surfer, and outdoorsman. Above all, Elmer was a man who loved the Lord and served Him through his church.

A viewing will be held on Friday January 29th between 4 PM to 6 PM at El Camino Memorial Sorrento Valley Chapel, 5600 Carroll Canyon Road in San Diego. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 30th 1 PM at St. James Catholic Church, 625 S. Nardo Ave. in Solana Beach and the internment will follow at El Camino Memorial Park, 5600 Carroll Canyon Road in San Diego.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Ernie & family:
I have only good, friendly memories of Elmer. We were classmates at Rantoul High School. I have only seen Elmer a couple times since we graduated from high school in 1957 but I liked him and I know that he'll be missed. Elmer will always stand tall in my memories for more reasons. I'll bet I recall something many or all of you may not recall. When we left for college in the fall of 1957, Elmer was about 2 inches shorter than me. When next I saw him the next summer, not even a full year, he was 2 or more inches taller than me! Heck! I thought one stopped growing when one left high school. My sincerest sympathies go out to you all for Elmer's passing. May God rest his soul. Gene Shaw

Posted by Gene Shaw - High Point, NC - Former classmate and friend   July 28, 2010

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I can just remember Elmer on our scouting trip to Canada in 1954. Sorry to hear hes gone. Best wishes to the family.

Posted by Emory Glenn Meador - High School Buddy   July 27, 2010

It saddens me greatly to learn of Elmer's passing. I saw him only a few times over the years since we were classmates and friends at Rantoul High School and the University of Illinois. Since we both ended up living most of our adult lives in California I regret that we didn't see each other more often and have a closer relationship, especially since we lived in the same state. He was delightful -- intelligent, charming friendly and good natured. I always felt at ease in his presence and felt that he was a decent and caring individual. Over the years when I reflected upon my Rantoul days I always thought of Elmer and looked forward to seeing him again. The last time we saw each other was at our 50th high school reunion in Rantoul. I really enjoyed seeing him again. I am very sorry it was the last time. I feel he was a old soul and we may meet again in another life time. My warmest regards to his family and friends. Until we meet again, Elmer. Richard Harris (Class of 57)

Posted by Richard Harris - Waikoloa, HI - classmate at Rantoul High School   July 27, 2010

Ernie, Rich, Leanne, Zane and Zada....This is a sad time for all of you. We are thinking of you all and the many times Elmer made us all laugh. He loved you all so much. Memories are wonderful things, after the pain passes.....aunt dianne

Posted by dianne franco - la quinta, CA - aunt of Leanne Reis   February 13, 2010

Dear Ernie,
So sorry to hear! A better two dear tolerant neighbors, one could not have asked for! . . . Elmer was a real sweetheart, as are You !, A Kind, gentle, easy going spirit and just a real good decent person,He was, and is missed!. Love & persevere, Rob Bell

Posted by Robert Bell - Del Mar, CA - Next-Door Neighbor   February 07, 2010

Dear Ernie, I am just so sorry for your loss. You and Elmer seemed like such good partners to one another. Please know I am thinking about you during these difficult days, and sending love and blessings.
Joannie Murphy

Posted by Joannie Murphy - San Diego, CA - friend and co worker of Ernie's   February 04, 2010

Elmer, the gentleman engineer, will be sadly missed. He was liked and admired by all.
Friend at General Atomics

Posted by John R. - San Diego, CA   February 01, 2010

I have fond memories of working with Elmer. He will truly be missed.
Friend at GA

Posted by Rich C. - San Diego, CA   February 01, 2010

I enjoyed working and knowing Elmer. I will always remember him.
Friend at GA

Posted by Clement W. - San Diego, CA   February 01, 2010

I am very sorry to hear of your loss. I enjoyed working with Elmer and just talking about life.
GA Friend

Posted by Joe B. - San Diego, CA   February 01, 2010

Elmer was a great guy. We are sorry to hear of his passing. Our prayers are with you and your family.

General Atomics Friend

Posted by Tony T. - San Diego, CA   February 01, 2010

My deepest sympathy to you. Elmer was one of the pillar for ME in my career. We will miss him but not as much as you and your family.
Friend at General Atomics

Posted by John S - San Diego, CA   February 01, 2010

Working with Elmer was a pleasure at GA. I am sorry for your loss.
Friend at GA

Posted by Ron S. - San Diego, CA   February 01, 2010

I only worked with Elmer for a short time. But remember him as a kind and knowledgeable man.
GA Friend

Posted by Mike V. - San Diego, CA   February 01, 2010

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Elmer was a good man! I enjoyed working with him and talking to him about Boy Scouts. I will remember Elmer in my prayers.
With condolence, a GA Friend

Posted by Kristi K. - San Diego, CA   February 01, 2010

Very sorry to hear about Elmer. I always enjoyed working with him. Very happy-go-lucky. He will be missed.
GA Friend

Posted by Steve V. - San Diego, CA   February 01, 2010

Elmer was a real gentleman and a real expert that provided so much to the GA Fusion program.
GA co-worker

Posted by Dave H. - San Diego, CA   February 01, 2010

We were just thinking about Elmer the other day and then we get this tragic news. He was a great guy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Friend at GA

Posted by Keith S. - San Diego, CA   February 01, 2010

Elmer was always a wonderful person to work with, he had some fun stories and will be truly missed.
GA Friend

Posted by Brenda H. - San Diego, CA   February 01, 2010

Elmer was a professional gentleman to me with much integrity. I will miss him. My most felt condolence.
Friend at GA

Posted by Mike D - San Diego, CA   February 01, 2010

I really thought very highly of Elmer. I am sorry for your loss.
GA Friend

Posted by Bob O - San Diego, CA   February 01, 2010

Elmer and I exchanged many a golf story. We were all so sorry to hear of your sudden tragic loss.

Posted by Wayne B. - San Diego, CA   February 01, 2010

My prayers are with you and your family. I want you to know how much I loved Elmer's smile and the twinkle in his eyes. Every time I saw Elmer he brightened my day. He will be missed but not forgotten.

Posted by Brenda Bowman - San Diego, CA   February 01, 2010

Dear Ernie an Family: We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers and thoughts. Lynette & Vance Tracy

Posted by Lynette Tracy - Torrance, CA - friend/kiwi   February 01, 2010

Dearest Ernie, our hearts and prayers are with you and
and Richard on the loss of Elmer. You and Elmer have
been such an important part of our lives. We loved him,
and we will miss him. We loved his humor, his smile, his
caring personality, and his welcoming manner to our
family. We are blessed to have known him. May God
comfort you and Richard in your loss and fill your heart
with God's love.
All our love and sympathy to you both,
Ken and Mary Jo Roberson

Posted by Ken and Mary Jo Roberson - Arlington, TX - Brother   January 30, 2010

Elmer, we will miss your smile, your kindness and your every cheerful presence on our street, you for being a wonderful neighbor and friend. Ernie and Richard and family - our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. All the best and much love, Matt, Juli, Lila, Eli and Ian Browne
-Matt, Juli, Lila, Eli and Ian Browne

Posted by Matt, Juli, Lila, Eli and Ian Browne    January 30, 2010

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Dear Ernie,
I had the pleasure of meeting you and Elmer at dinner at Chad and Caroline’s, when we were in California for their wedding. Elmer and I had a nice conversation and during that conversation he shared his love of family and golf! I came away from that meeting knowing he was a good and kind man who loved his family and had a great deal of joy in his life. This has been portrayed many times since through memories and photos Chad and Caroline have related of the family gatherings they have shared with you, Elmer, Richard, Leanne, Zane and Zada. These memories shared are always joyful, loving times with a family that he loved and that loved him very much. I am thankful for the opportunity to have met Elmer and thankful for the love he brought to others. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Cindy Thompson

Posted by The Thompson Family - Jacksonville Beach , FL   January 30, 2010

Losing your friend and partner in life can leave a big void. Know that you have many friends who will be there for you. Be sure to keep them close and let your wonderful memories help in the healing. Tim's and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Jennifer Griffin Moore - Wheaton, IL - former roommate of Ernie   January 30, 2010

Elmer was a fine personal friend during his years at Rocketdyne and Atomics International during the 1960s and early 1970s.

Posted by Al Hromjak - Simi Valley, CA - friend   January 30, 2010

Dear Ernie:

We are saddened by the news of Elmer's passing. We always think of both of you when we reflect on what makes Del Mar feel like home and a community.

We will miss him dearly, especially his good sense of humor and gentle voice. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you.

Ron & Emilie

Posted by Ron & Emilie Eng - Del Mar, CA - neighbor   January 30, 2010

I was shocked and saddened in learning of Elmer's death. I met Elmer over 45 years ago and my first remembrance is feehis engaging, broad smile that prefaced his greeting. That warm and sincere smile was indicative of his personality. He was a man that knew the true definition of "friend" as he was the epitome of one. I am out-of-town now or I would attend the services to celebrate his life. My heartfelt condolences to Ernie, Richard and family. I pray that God will grant you the Peace that passes all understanding.

Posted by Judy Veljovich - Lake San Marcos, CA - friend   January 30, 2010

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Dearest Ernie and Family,

Paul and I want you to know that you are in our thoughts.

Our deepest sympathy,

Love, Tedd

Posted by Tedd Froehlich    January 29, 2010

My dearest Ernie and family,
Our hearts are with you. Elmer was always a source of joy in your family. He made us laugh and always made us feel welcome. We love you. Douglas, Dana, Cameron and Haley

Posted by Douglas & Dana McPherson - Indian Rocks Beach, FL - niece and family   January 29, 2010

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Dear Ernie: We are so sorry to hear of your recent loss. No one can put into words how sad they feel . God bless you in your sorrow. Pat Roche kiwi Naples

Posted by Pat Roche - naples, FL - sister kiwi   January 29, 2010

So sorry for your loss Ernie. My husband is also 71 and very sick with cancer. I don't know what I will do when he is gone. Such a void in my heart. I can't even imagine what you are going through at this difficult time.

Posted by Barbara Fritsch - Park Ridge, IL - Kiwi   January 29, 2010

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Ernie, so sorry to hear about Elmer. I wish Ruthie and I could come out and
see you. My prayers are with you and the family.
Love Anne

Posted by Anne Wolf - Friend   January 29, 2010

Ernie,

I am so sorry to hear of Elmer's passing. I will miss him dearly and will always consider him a good friend. My wife Camille and I will be thinking of you praying for you during this very difficult time.

Love,
Charlie Fowler

Posted by CHARLES FOWLER - SAN DIEGO, CA - Friend   January 28, 2010

Dear Ernie, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are never alone and you are in my prayers and heart.
My best Always,
Jo Antrim

Posted by Jo Antrim - Coronado, CA   January 28, 2010

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Ernie,

My deepest condolences to you and your family. When I look at the picture of Elmer, I see a gentle, loving, thoughtful man. How fortunate you are to have spent 27 years together! May the many wonderful memories you and the family have help ease your sorrow.

God is holding all of you in His loving arms.

Shirley

Posted by Shirley Koch Watters - Spring Hill, TN - Kiwi friend   January 28, 2010

Dear Ernie & Family,

We were saddened to hear of Elmer's passing. To the Reis Cousins he was always "Pudge" and the one thing I will always remember about him was how he could tell a family story, put a little humor in it and make everyone laugh! Even though our visits didn't happen too often, the times we spent with you were definitely good memories! Please accept our sincere sympathy as we keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Love,
The Roskamps

Posted by Shirley & Don Roskamp & Family - Sutter, IL - Reis Cousin   January 28, 2010

Ernie, You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.

Posted by Kathryn Kridel - Cortez Fl., FL - friend   January 28, 2010

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My dear Ernie and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of loss. Always remember that I am here for you anytime of the day or night if you wish to talk....I am a good listener. God Bless you and yours at this time.

With Love...Margot

Posted by Margot Ries - Kiwi Friend   January 28, 2010

Dear Ernie, Richie and family,

Please accept our deepest sympathy with the loss of Elmer. We were fortunate to have him as a friend and neighbor for over 30 years. He was always there, willing to take out our trash cans or toss the papers over the gate and to help us keep up to date with neighborhood activities.

The marriage of our two wonderful neighbors, Ernie and Elmer has always been a wonderful love story to remember and witness it's success over the years. The love and devotion you felt for each other was always very evident.

You both always provided the coveted job for the neighborhood kids, handed down when one went off to college: taking care of your darling Westies when you traveled. We appreciated the great reference Elmer gave our son Jeff for his first engineering job out of university.

May many happy memories sustain you during this difficult time.
Fondly, Dave and Janis Ricards

Posted by Dave nd Janis Ricards - Del Mar, CA - friend and neighbor   January 28, 2010

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Dear Ernie,

The Carefree Kiwis wish to extend our deepest condolences to you and your family. You all remain in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time...and always.

Lovingly,
Carefree Kiwi Chapter

Posted by K.Lynn Hoffmann Yelvington    January 28, 2010

Ernie, my heartfelt sympathies go out to you and Richard. You and Elmer have always been very special to me and my family and provided us with many good times and hearty laughs. Elmer always had a smile on his face and something good to say. We will miss him. We send all of our love.

Posted by Alan and Jeanmarie Roberson - Fairfax, VA   January 28, 2010

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Ernie, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I know your 27 years with Elmer were very special. Much Love, Terry

Posted by Terry Yates Lynch - Ventura, CA - Friend   January 28, 2010

Dear Ernie and Richard, I will always remember Elmer as one of my dearest friends, and smartest person I ever had the opportunity to work with. I will always miss his gentle nature and great sense of humor. Tom and I send our love, thoughts and prayers to you and your family in these difficult times.

Posted by Pat Kanitz - Salt Lake City, UT - First Boss and Greatest Friend   January 28, 2010

Dear Ernie,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time. Please know that we are thinking of you. Life is not always fair. We hope the happy memories of your years together will give you strength and comfort. Take care.
Fondly,
Pat MacAniff for the SW Florida Kiwis

Posted by Pat MacAniff - Naples, FL - Kiwi friend   January 27, 2010

Ernie and Family.....I was so very saddened to hear you lost your dear husband. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Try to reflect on the beautiful memories you both shared and enjoyed together. I hope to give you one of those loving, Kiwi Hugs when we see you in Philadelphia. God Bless You all. Kiwi Brenda and the Dayton Kiwis....

Posted by Brenda Nolan - Dayton, OH   January 27, 2010

Ernie, My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Marie

Posted by Marie Walton    January 27, 2010

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Ernie, Richard & Family, The word of Elmer's passing came as a major, painful shock. Pudge was more of a "Big Brother" to me than a Cousin. Our early childhood years were spent in Scottsbluff, NE and I have such fond memories of the time I spent with him. He was truely one of the nicest, most caring individuals we have ever known. His quick wit and keen sense of humor made him so much fun to be around. Sally & I treasure the time we spent with the two of you over the years and are so grateful that we were able to visit and spend those few days with you last April. Those special memories will remain with us forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Bob & Sally Smith - Cousin    January 27, 2010

Ernie and Richard- I am so saddened by the passing of Elmer. He was such a great guy. Taking us when we were kids to Padre and Charger games, Indian Guides, etc... He had that classic laugh that I can still hear right now. As the saying goes anyone can be a father but it takes a real man to be a dad and that he was.
Aloha!!

Posted by Chris Howe - La Quinta, CA - Friend   January 27, 2010

Ernie,
Elmer will always live in the hearts of those who love and knew him. Remember that God does not give you burdens that you cannot handle. Talk to HIM during this time, it helps. You are in our daily thoughts and prayers. We love you.

Posted by Mary & Gary Thrasher - Palatine, IL - Friends   January 27, 2010

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Dear Ernie,
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband, Elmer. Please know I'm thinking of you and your family and sending love and hugs.
Diane McNeill

Posted by Diane McNeill - Sun City, AZ - Retired f/a co-worker   January 27, 2010

I am overcome with sadness with the news of Pudge's passing. He was a great person--loving, giving, grateful, Blessed. Ernie, Richard--you are in our prayers as you deal with the loss of your partner, father, friend. May God's Peace be a comfort to you as you grieve.

I will always remember more than anything Pudge, Ernie and Richard Laurie picking me up shortly after I rode my motorcycle from Champaign to start law school in San Diego. Young and dumb, you embraced me with open arms like old friends. I remember the golf, the cocktails, the cigars, the trip to Scottsbluff, the fellowship and friendship. I remember how much he loved God, loved his family and loved children.

I am ever grateful for all of the help, love and friendship that you shared with us over the years and we share in your grief. I love Pudge and will miss him. Hug a kid and honor Elmer Reis!

Posted by Chris and Deborah Miller - Champaign, IL - cousin   January 27, 2010

Ernie,
I am sorry for your loss. May the good times and many years you shared together bring you happy memories and peace.

Posted by Kate Jewell - Eastsound, WA - friend   January 27, 2010

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Ernie and Richard,
Our hearts go out to you during this time. I know "Pudge", our cousin, is with the Lord and with Uncle Elmer and Aunt Esther now. My regret and heartache will always be that we didn't get our cousin reunion put together last year like Pudge wanted to. I will always remember our great family reunion with Uncle Herman back in Scottsbluff-Gering, NE with you there. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May your wonderful, loving memories keep him alive in your hearts forever. God bless you.

Jane (Janey) Schwartzkopf and Jeff Collins
Coatesville, IN

Posted by Jane (Janey) Smith-Schwartzkopf - Indianapolis, IN - Cousin (Mother was Helen Reis)   January 27, 2010

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Dearest Ernie,
My heartfelt condolence to you and famiy in your time of grief.

I remember meeting Elmer at the San Diego Kiwi Convention Dinner you coordinated so beautifully.

I know you will miss your life partner a great deal.
Sending love to you and your family in your time of loss.
Gerrie Linn

Posted by Gerrie Linn - friend/coworker of Ernie    January 27, 2010

Dear Ernie ~
We will miss Elmer's waving to us as he walked by in the neighborhood. He will not be forgotten and we send our love to you, Richard and his family. The Slipper Family Del Mar, CA

Posted by From Slipper Family - Neighbors and Friends   January 27, 2010

Dear Ernie,
Our hearts go out to you at the loss of your dear Elmer. We will keep you both in our thoughts and prayers at this time of sorrow. He was a wonderful man and you were a delightful couple. He will surely be missed by us all.
God bless,
Camille & Curt

Posted by Curt & Camille Dose' - San Diego, CA - friends   January 27, 2010

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Dearest Ernie & family,
I feel so lucky to be able to say I have known Elmer, such a sweet kind man since I was a young teenager. I now have grandchildren of my own. I was always impressed by how he would squat down to be able to look into a child's eyes while talking to them so he could be on their level. His love for family always so evident. Ernie his love for you..... Something we all hope for in our life time. That one true love! The way in which he spoke your name or how he would look at you. In the darkness look up and look for the brightest star and that just may be the twinkle in Elmer's eye sending you his love & giving you that loving look. Love Rene & Paul

Posted by Rene Macie - Pismo Beach, CA - Family friend   January 27, 2010

Dear Ernie,

My heart is heavy with sorrow for your loss. John and I are praying for you.

"At the end of each life is a legacy of love that you will hold in your heart" . . .

God Bless you, Dee and John Ostner

Posted by Dee Bengtson Ostner - Little Rock, AR - Int. AA F/A IOR & Kiwi   January 26, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Ernie.

Posted by Judy Kiripolsky - Del Mar, CA - Kiwi Friend   January 26, 2010

Dearest Earnie , Our thoughts & prayers are with you always especially now durning this hard time ... We love you & God Bless you

Love Steve & Cathie Roberts

Posted by Steve & Cathie Roberts - san diego,, CA - Friend   January 26, 2010

Elmer you were such a dear man that knew what was important in life. Ernie loved you with her whole heart and would often say how caring and kind you were. The proud look on your face and the sparkle in your eyes when you spoke of Richard growing up and how amazing you thought Zane and Zada were was heart warming. You are missed by so many and I too miss you. You have gone ahead for a higher purpose. I know you are perfecting your golf game with a grin on your face. Love and peace

Posted by Sally Novak - Encinitas, CA - Family Friend   January 26, 2010

I have worked with Elmer for nearly 20 years. He was an asset to to me and everyone he worked with. He was always a pleasure to be around and had a great sense of humor. I enjoyed his company very much. He was always a kind gentleman. He never had a bad thing to say about anyone. I will miss him. Never forget that he is in a better place. He will always be with us in our hearts and someday by our sides.

Posted by Matt Hansink - Oceanside, CA - Fellow Work Mate & Friend   January 26, 2010

Dearest Ernie and family,

My heart goes out to you and your family. May the love you all share give you comfort and strength to cope with the days ahead. Know that all of us in The Kiwi Club will hold you with our throughts and prayers.

God's Blessings

Posted by Kathy & Tony Minner - Daytona Beach, FL - friend   January 26, 2010

Dearest Ernie,
Please know you are in our hearts and prayers, always. Although we did not have the privilege of knowing your precious Elmer, we are certain he must be one in a million to have chosen you as his Soul Mate.
Your dedication to serving and enjoying past and present Flight Attendants and your loyal support of The Wings Foundation makes us so proud of you.
Elmer must be smiling and boasting about you in Heaven at this very moment !!!!!

Sent with great love from
Debbie Berberet
Brenda Jacobson
Jane Dineen
WINGS LAX

Posted by Jane Dineen - CA - Friend   January 26, 2010

I am so sad to hear that Elmer is no longer with you. He was a joy to know, always welcoming and full of love for his family. We are praying for you during this very difficult time.

Posted by Jacqueline Perrin - Paso Robles, CA - friend of family   January 26, 2010

"Mayhap a funeral among men is a wedding feast among the Angels..." Our Thoughts of Comforting Love are with you at this time Ernie - May you find peace in your treasured memories of a life shared with dear Elmer. The Wings Foundation sends our "HEARTfelt" Condolences...

Posted by Forrest A Blake - Saint Peters, MO - Wings Foundation - Kiwi Club   January 26, 2010

Reis family, We didn't know Elmer very long but for the short time we did know him, what a sweetie! You could just see the love in his face for Zada and Zane!! We will miss seeing him and the kids parties but we know he will be there in spirit!
With all our love,
The Clocks

Posted by Bernadette and Tom Clock - Camarillo, CA - Friend   January 26, 2010

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Ernie...My heart is saddened for your loss. I will have a Mass said in Elmers name. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Remember the Wonderful times that you all have shared. Though your heart is heavy may your mind be at peace. You are such a Wonderful giving person, I could only image the same of Elmer.

Posted by Sam Gooch - Friend of Ernie   January 26, 2010

Growing up, Elmer was like a second father, an uncle and a friend. I still remember all the ski trips with Rich, Elmer, my brother, and dad. No mind the fog, just hang your head out the window to find the double yellow line.

No matter the day or time, Elmer and Ernie always had a home cooked meal (or pizza) and a cold (beverage) during my college years at UCSD.

Sure we messed up, but Elmer believed in us, and made us who we are today.

God bless Elmer, Ernie, Richard and family.

Posted by David Veljovich - San Marcos, CA - Family   January 26, 2010

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I will miss you dearly Elmer- you filled my life with love and great memories. Thank you for Richard- for without him my life would be empty and because of your son- I have my own little family.

Posted by Leanne Reis - Camarillo , CA - Daughter in Law   January 26, 2010

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Our hearts and prayers are with you Ernie and Rich. Elmer will be greatly missed by us. All of are love to you Ernie.

Kevin , DeeDee and the kids
We love you guys

Posted by Kevin, DeeDee, Jordan, Connor, and Morgan Smart - Family Friends   January 26, 2010

DEAREST ERNIE:

WE HAVE YOU IN OUR THOUGHTS. WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER ELMER'S LOVE OF HIS FAMILY AND THOSE DOGS.... I ALWAYS ENJOYED THE TIMES YOU BOTH CAME OVER TO CHAR/BILL'S FOR COCKTAILS IN THE EVENINGS. ELMER HAD A SPECIAL LAUGH. FOR CLYDE, HE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THE TIMES HE VISITED ELMER AT GENERAL ATOMICS. CLYDE GREATLY ADMIRED ELMER'S PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS. WE WILL TRULY MISS HIM. LOVE - JAN/CLYDE

Posted by JAN & CLYDE MADSEN - LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA   January 26, 2010


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Elmer Reis Dec 24th 2009
Reis Family 2009 Elmer & Ernie Reis Richard & Leanne Reis Zane Thomas Reis (8) and Zada Esther Reis (2)
Elmer & Ernie Reis Zane Thomas Reis (8) Zada Esther Reis (2)

Life Stories

Elmer will always be Pudge to his family. When I was a little boy Pudge
would take me for rides in his convertible, I was amazed how he could
steer the car with his knee. Then there was the time Elmer Sr. gave Pudge the Corvette as a graduation present from the U of Illinois. Pudge
wanted to be the first to give me a ride in that car but neither Elmer
Sr. nor myself could resist from taking it for a spin. I had to promise
that I wouldn't tell Pudge, well needless to say that when he came by
to give me that first ride I spilled the beans. About halfway through the
ride Pudge ask me what I thought of the car and the look on my
face said it all, or else his dad had already told him I had gone for one. He looked at me and said, you've already been for a ride. I think
it made him a little mad but everyone in the family got a kick out
of knowing I couldn't keep a secret. That is just one of the memories
I will treasure about this man and growing up in one of the best families and with the finest men and women that God has ever put on this earth. Thank you all for giving me the opportunity to share a story story about one of the most gentle and caring people I have been graced with knowing. Don Reis

Elmer and I worked as fellow engineers here at GA. He appreciated my previous mechanical engineering and we resonated on bits of mechanical design and the boy scouts. He was a fellow scouter as well as I. He was always a pleasure to greet and talk with.

Here at work (GA) I have only worked with Elmer for only a short time. But within that
time I found him to be a very kind and intelligent man. I had a lot of respect for him and was sadden to hear that he has passed.