Memorial Tribute

Remembering Bill Reis

Lest We Forget

William "Bill" R. Reis

March 19, 1937 - May 12, 2010




carvin' and stampin' leather at his bench,
which he dubbed, "Wretched Excess"
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Carlson Funeral Services - Obituary - William R. Reis

William R. Reis, Co-Owner of The Leather Crafters & Saddlers Journal

March 19, 1937 - May 12, 2010

William R. Reis, beloved husband of Dorothea (Dot) Reis, died at age 73 on May 12, 2010, at his home in Rhinelander, WI. He was born on March, 19, 1937 in Chicago, IL to Helen Bert. Bill attended schools in the Chicago area, graduating from high school in Arlington Heights in 1955. He then enlisted in the US Army and served 5 years. Upon his honorable discharge he was employed by Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. It was during this time that Bill met and then married Dorothea "Dot" Schulze on November 11, 1961. Bill continued with Goodyear and he moved to Milwaukee with the company in 1963. Then in 1973 he and his family moved to Rhinelander where he owned and operated Reis Tire Service until 1989. It was in 1991 that Bill rediscovered his passion for leathercraft and began publishing The Leather Crafters & Saddlers Journal with his wife. In 2004, Bill was presented with the Al Stohlman award for Achievement in Leathercraft. Bill retired from journalism and his family continues his legacy with The Journal to this day. Bill loved leathercrafting, model trains and landscaping. He also had an affection for boating, having owned a 42-foot boat on the Great Lakes. Bill is survived by his wife Dorothea "Dot" Reis of Rhinelander, his daughter Charil Reis of Rhinelander, his two sons David(Rachel)Reis of Rhinelander and William Reis of Sun Valley, Idaho, his granddaughter Emma Mankus, his half-sister Toni and his two half-brothers Todd and Kim, and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 15th, 2010, at the Carlson Funeral Home with Pastor Patrick Griffiths officiating. Interment in the Northland Memorial Park Cemetery. The Carlson Funeral Home handled the arrangements for the Reis family.


A note from LCSJ: Bill's enthusiasm and enduring drive to publish The Journal will be forever remembered as the cornerstone of our existence.

Bill would like to share the following words; it is a letter he wrote upon his diagnosis on April 23, 2010, of terminal cancer.

May 2010: Greetings & Salutations from Bill Reis

"It has been my most distinguished pleasure to have known you. We have become friends across America, Canada and around the world mainly all in the interest of leatherwork and, yes... I remember well so many of those warm handshakes of yesteryear. It's been a privilege to bring about a network of companies and leatherworkers. It has been a long journey.

My faith basically centers on the 3rd chapter of Ephesians. I believe these things with all my heart and shall not be deterred. Soon I will be leaving my Bible and be greeted by my Savior."

The following is included so that you would know what he was thinking and hoping for in the coming days. However, because the cancer advanced faster than anticipated, this wish of Bill's could not be realized.

"I would so enjoy receiving you for a visit should you ever get to Wisconsin and our town of Rhinelander."

Lamentations 3:22 & 23 - "It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness."


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