Gordon George Reiger Jr., 95, of Zephyr, passed away peacefully on Dec. 16, 2019 in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family and loved ones. A visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 at Heartland Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20 at the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel with interment in the Zephyr Cemetery officiated by Chaplain Leland Acker.
Gordon was born Feb. 28, 1924 in Pecos to Gordon Sr. and Lillian Azalea (Garrett) Reiger. Gordon moved with his parents to Grandfalls where he lived until he was 17. Gordon joined the U.S. Navy in 1942 and served until 1946. Gordon’s family had moved to Zephyr in 1943 and Gordon came her to join them. He married Martha Jo Stewart on Dec. 7, 1946 and began a life together that blessed them with five children. Gordon and Martha bought a farm in Zephyr in 1951 and he started working for the Santa Fe Railroad which sent him all over Texas and Oklahoma operating a burro crane. He retired from Santa Fe in 1984 when he was almost 61. Over the years they raised chickens, turkeys, cattle, sheep, goats and he farmed. They both lived on that same farm in Zephyr until their deaths.
Gordon is survived by daughter, Sharon Kaye and husband Johnny Powers of Salado; sons, Johnny Dwain Reiger of Zephyr, and David Trent Reiger of Zephyr; daughter-in-law, Joyce Reiger; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and friends.
Gordon was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Martha Joe Reiger; daughter, Martha Janette Cornelius; son, Steven Reiger; grandson, Steven Reiger Jr., great-grandson, Zackery Hoover; son-in-law, Kendall Cornelius; daughter-in-law, Karen Reiger; and a brother, Don Reiger.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made in Gordon’s honor to the Zephyr Volunteer Fire Department, 11780 Hwy. 84183 E. Zephyr, TX 76890.
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