Elmer Walter Reiman

Born: 02/21/1927 Passed:

Elmer Walter Reiman, 90 years old, born February 21, 1927 in Cleveland Ohio to Elmer and Florence (nee Gaiser) (both deceased) died April 8, 2017.  He was the loving dad of nine: Daryl, Linda (deceased), Jill (Tom), Jack (Susan), Carrie (Dennis), Joan (Al), Jeff, David, and Paula (Jody).  Grandpa to Andrew, Brian, and Eric (deceased), and JD and Jessica.  Brother of Elroy (Janette) (both deceased); uncle to Bruce (Rose), Ron, Elroy (deceased), Debby, and Candace.  Formerly married to Irene.

Elmer graduated from West High School in 1945, and was a WWII veteran.  He served in Tokyo, Japan and told stories of seeing General MacArthur at headquarters where he worked.  He played various sports on Army teams including baseball, football, and boxing.  Elmer also attended Western Reserve College where he played football and wrestled.  He played in the MUNY Football League in Cleveland for the Bearcats.  Elmer was a sports enthusiast all his life playing fast pitch softball at State Road Park, basketball at Navy Park and neighborhood courts, and he also played football with his kids and anyone else at Loew Field; he even jumped the fence at Rhodes High School to play a pick up game.  His tennis game in the ‘70s consisted of hitting the ball at the back of his doubles partner who was usually one of his daughters or their boyfriends.

Elmer worked for East Ohio Gas Co. for 37 1/2 years, retiring in 1987.  He once modeled the EOG new uniforms for a Cleveland Press photo.  He also worked part-time for Sears Automotive on Euclid Avenue for 25 years.  Dad played with the EOG basketball and fast pitch softball teams.  We have fond memories of watching him play and cheering him on.

Our dad was all about people.  He considered everyone he met to be a friend.  Everywhere he went he ran into someone he knew.  He had a fantastic memory for names and faces.  He would go anywhere—bank, doctor’s office, high school sports events, and invariably he would know someone.  Sometimes it would be someone he hadn’t seen in 30 years.

Elmer was an institution at the schoolyard, first at the basketball court at W.C. Bryant and then in Parma at Forestwood.  When he retired from EOG at 60 years old, he joined Omni Fitness, but only during the winter because he still played outdoors at Forestwood.  Little did he know how big a part of his life Omni would become.  He was as much a fixture there as one of the former partners, Joe Mackey.  Elmer was on the basketball court with guys much younger than himself.  He threw elbows with the best of them and was often called “hatchet man.”  He made many friends at Omni, playing cards with a great group of guys for many years.  He ran a fantasy football league with the same guys, back in the day doing all the tallying by hand.

We hope there’s a place like Omni in heaven because he’ll have his knees back and he’ll be running up and down the court again!

A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Nina’s Festa Room, 7649 Broadview Road, Seven Hills, OH 44131.


7 Tributes to Elmer Walter Reiman

  1. Pam wiling says:

    So sorry for your loss. Aunt Joan and I have fond memories of Elmer at our house for the family summer get togethers. Making himself right at home to watch the tribe play. He was a wonderful man and he will be missed

  2. Leslie Klepser says:

    What a lovely tribute for a wonderful man.

  3. The Saul Family says:

    Our family will always remember Mr. Reiman for his sincerity, but mostly for the twinkle in his eye and genuine warmth radiating in his smile when he talked about the grand kids. Our love, sympathy, and condolences to the Reiman family- especially Carrie, Dennis, Andrew, Dayna, Brian, Megan Marie, and Eric who has been reunited with his devoted Grandpa in Heaven. “Play Ball!”

    Much love,
    Michael, Donna, Erin, Elisabeth, and Corinne Saul

  4. Kathy Bodnar says:

    Carrie and family,
    My sincerest condolences to all. I know how well you always spoke of your Dad and his exploits on the courts, the ball fields and anywhere some sport going on.
    Prayers and good memories for you all.

  5. Denise Gillombardo says:

    May Elmer rest in the arms of our Lord. He will be missed, especially at the ball field. We love you!

  6. Bill & Judy Komyati says:

    Sorry for your loss Carrie.

  7. Joyce Chew says:

    What a lovely biography of Elmer. So sorry for your loss, Carrie, Denny and family. You will have so many great memories of your Dad! He had a great life of 90 years.

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