William Reiff, 76
Posted on December 29, 2012
A native of Bluffton and the brother of a Bluffton woman, Brig. Gen. William H. Reiff, 76, Shipshewana, died at his home early Thursday morning, Dec. 27, 2012.
Born June 15, 1936, in Bluffton to George Herman and Eileen (Schlaugenhauf) Reiff, he married Judith McFarren on June 25, 1953, in Bluffton; she died April 26, 1997. He later married Sammi Chupp on Feb. 24, 2007; she survives.
An area resident since 1970, he worked in the construction of homes, commercial buildings and bridges.
Mr. Reiff enlisted in the National Guard in 1954 and rose in rank from second lieutenant after Officer Candidate School (OCS) to Brigadier General. He retired after serving 35 years of service in the Army and Army Reserves.
He served as Battalion Commander of the Fort Wayne National Guard, served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969, and commanded the seven Midwest Battalions of the 300th Military Police Command in Inkster, Mich.
He earned the Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal along with numerous other medals and decorations.
He was a member and Exalted Ruler of the Elks Club; a member of the American Legion 210 of Middlebury, VFW Post 985 where he was a past commander; Goshen DAV 15, and the Concord Rotary Club.
Also surviving is a son, David L. (Kris) Reiff, Goshen; a daughter, Linda (Gary) Maust, Goshen; his stepmother, Betty Mitchell, Portland, Tenn.; three step-children, Sharon (Lyle) Shinn, Bristol, Roger (Laurie) Chupp, Goshen and Rick (Joyce) Chupp, Buckeye, Ariz; five grandsons, Dave (Jennifer) Reiff, Shane Maust, Brandon (Brooke) Maust, Brock (Lindsay) Maust and Dan (AnnDee) Reiff; four step-grandchildren, Jennifer (Tim) Jankowski, Jamie Shinn, Jessica Chupp and Sgt. Randy Chupp; a brother, Richard (Barb) Reiff, LaGrange; and a sister, LuAnn (Tony) Garton, Bluffton.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sons, Max and George Reiff.
Friends may call Noon to 6 p.m., Sunday at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, 1911 S Main St., Goshen.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with brother-in-law, Tony Garton, officiating.
Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, Bluffton.
Memorial contributions may be given to Center for Hospice Care or VFW 985.
Online condolences may be sent to www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com
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