Gary worked for Amtrak Railroad for 14 years before starting his own Plumbing and HVAC business. Gary and Patti moved to Trout Creek in 1997 and Gary immediately started to build their ranch. He put up miles of fence and built a large shop and home using lumber that he cut and milled from the property. Gary was a master craftsman and excelled at everything he did. When it came to building, repairing, and ranching he was one of the best. While in Trout Creek he raised beef cattle and grew acres and acres of hay. Gary enjoyed building things, hard work, hunting, fishing and riding his Harley.
Trout Creek quickly became Gary's home and the fast pace of the east coast rapidly faded from view. From that point it became very difficult to get him off the ranch. While Gary always had much going on at his ranch, he took the time to become friends with other ranchers in the area and was happy to help when he could. He knew and touched many lives in Trout Creek in the 19 years he spent here. When asked if he was going back "home" (Pa) for anything, Gary always responded, "I am home."
Under his gruff exterior was a good heart in a great man who made a difference in many lives. Gary showed his love with his hands in the work that he did and the help that he gave. His knowledge, advice, and friendship will be missed by many.
Gary is survived by two sons, Paul W. Reiter of Conestoga, Penn. and Jesse Reiter married to Beckie of Plains; two step-children, Jami Sprecher married to the late Jeremiah Sprecher and Derrin Sample married to Sarah; two siblings, the late Sharon E. Jarema of Schaefferstown, Penn. and Patricia Mast of Mohnton, Penn. Gary "Pop Pop" was blessed with nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Perhaps his greatest accomplishment was being the best "Pop Pop" ever.
A memorable celebration of Gary's life will be held at the Trout Creek Community Church Saturday, December 17 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Cancer Network of Sanders County at P.O. Box 1311 Plains, Montana 59859.