Richard “Dick” Alan Reiss October 22, 1939 - February 20, 2020

Richard “Dick” Alan Reiss, 80, of Hendersonville, NC passed away on Thursday, February 20, 2020 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s.  He was a son of the late E. Edward Reiss, MD and the late Marybelle Charlesworth Reiss.  He was also preceded in death by his brother, Tom Reiss and stepfather, Robert L. Richard.

Dick graduated from Allegheny College, Meadville, PA with a BA in Fine Arts. He served as a Corporal in the US Marine Corps.  Dick worked in residential and commercial construction owning his own company and as a licensed general contractor.  He was an avid reader, singer, artist and photographer.  He loved his family and they will miss his love, guidance and ever-present sense of humor.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Catherine Reese Reiss; sons, Scott A. Reiss (Cathy) of Newtown, CT and Ken E. Reiss (ReNae) of Fletcher, NC; daughter, Susan Reiss Miller of Hillsborough, NC; grandchildren, Ashley, Alex, Morgan and Kevin Reiss; sisters, Martha Reiss Sekely (Steve) of Sebring, FL and Kay Reiss (Louise) of New Hope, PA; step-sister, Jackie Richard Kadane (Ron) of Bonita Springs, FL; step-brothers, David Richard (Kathleen) of TX and Bruce Richard (Kathy) of CA; aunt, Betty Schattschneider; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

No services are planned at this time.

Memorials may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association or Four Seasons Hospice Foundation


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  1. Janet Stitt says

    Dear Cathy, I am so sorry that you have lost your soul mate, Dick! I have thought of you folks a lot and always asked Ken Haubert (when I saw him), how you were doing. Many fold memories that we spent together while our children were young. Dick would come to out house for lunch when George and he worked for J.G. Robinson. Dick especially liked the ham salad sandwiches I would make when we had a roast ham to use up. Although, when I served potato soup one lunch time, Dick laughed and said “are we having PRISON FOOD today? He hadn’t eaten potato soup before, I guess! Well, it ended up being one of his favs, he did admit that later! Ha ha! Yes, he had a great sense of humor. We were all fond of you and the whole family. It is too bad that we never kept in touch…life sometimes gets in the way. Please let Scot, Susan and Kenneth know that you have all been in my prayers . With much love, Janet (Campbell) Stitt
    *I searched for your address and gave up. Sending this instead.

  2. Greg Gray says

    To the family, my condolences. Remembering the good days of working with Dick during his Groninger Construction era. Rest in peace.

  3. Fred Benner says

    My sincere condolences to Catherine and the entire family. Although separated by time and distance I am reminded of fond memories. Rest in Peace Dick.

  4. Jim Reese says

    Rest in peace, Uncle Dick. You were always so much fun to be around and all of us Reese kids loved you and always looked forward to seeing you during family get-togethers. Much love to Aunt Cathy and our Reiss cousins.

  5. Ellen R. Chack says

    An old friend gone: distanced by time and the different paths in life but not forgotten. We extend our condolences to Catherine and the rest of the family. Take care of each other as you share all the good memories and stories. Peace and love,
    Ellen and Alan Chack

  6. Glenn E Berryman says

    My deepest condolences to Catherine and family. Have missed the fun of Dick and our shared humor for years. We worked together in the Engineering Dept as Standard in the 60’s but kind of lost touch when he went with John Groninger and I went to New Holland’s engineering group in Lancaster Cty.
    Helen and I send our love and prayers, we still have many good memories.
    Glenn & Helen