January 20, 1879, Lyons, Kansas.

November 1, 1966, Inglewood, California.

Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, California.


After ordination, Reitz pastored at the First Baptist Church, Berlin, Wisconsin (1918–21); the Rosehill Baptist Church, Los Angeles, California; and the Fairview Heights Baptist Church, Inglewood, California (1926–52). He wrote over 100 Gospel songs in his lifetime.

One of his acquaintances, Jack Clifford, tells this story:

He told me Jack, remember that God is able to sustain you in all times. He then went on to tell me (a young aspiring preacher) that he had preached a sermon on Sunday, buried his wife on Monday, and his daughter on Tuesday. It has always stuck with me.

He called himself an octogeranium.

  1. By the Way of Redeeming Love
  2. Coming Again
  3. His Blood Availed for Me
  4. Oh, Wonderful Love!
  5. Praise Ye Jehovah
  6. Shepherd of Love, The
  7. Teach Me to Pray
  8. There’ll Be Light in the Valley
  9. ’Twas a Glad Day When Jesus Found Me
  10. Wonderful, Unfailing Friend
  1. His Mighty Hand

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