Calvin Reter

Calvin L. Reter

Thursday, May 8th, 1930 - Saturday, January 25th, 2020
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Calvin Leroy Reter was born on May 8, 1930 in Owings Mills, MD to the late William Henry Reter and Susie Rebecca (Gill) Reter. The Lord called him home on January 25, 2020.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary Elizabeth ‘Betty’ (Schutte) Reter; children Vicki (Reter) Yarnell and husband Pat, Bradley Reter and wife Kathy, Suzanne (Reter) Brown and husband John; grandchildren Sheena (Yarnell) Housman, Sean Yarnell, Shannon Yarnell, Joseph Reter, Andrew Reter, Kristina Brown, Kevin Brown; sister of Nancy (Reter) Stocksdale. Also survived by eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brother James E. Reter.

Calvin was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend to everyone.

Funeral service will be Friday, January 31, 2020 10am at the Eline Funeral Home, 11824 Reisterstown Road, Reisterstown. Interment Evergreen Memorial Gardens. Friends may call Thursday, January 30, 2020 3:00 to 5:00pm and 7:00 to 9:00pm at the funeral home.

If desired, contributions may be made to the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Dept., 108 Main Street, Reisterstown, MD 21136 or Glyndon Volunteer Fire Dept., 4812 Butler Road, P.O. Box 3671, Glyndon, MD 21071.


The eldest of three children, Calvin Reter, the son of William and Susie (Gill) Reter, grew up working alongside his parents and siblings in the grocery business. They literally lived above and eventually next to the store they operated. He was raised to be an active member of his community, as demonstrated by his parents before him.

Mr. Reter and his wife, Betty, raised three wonderful children, who grew up learning their parents' industrious ways. When still a young man, Calvin joined his father and volunteered as a fireman with the Glyndon Volunteer Fire Department in 1946. In those days, he recently recalled, one didn’t receive all the training available today, but only had to jump on the truck before it pulled out from the station, to protect their neighbors' homes and businesses from fire. When the siren sounded, you could see Calvin and his father stride across the road to respond as quickly as possible. Eventually his nephew and son joined him as volunteers. He was honored in 2012 with 65 years of service as a Life Member of the Glyndon Volunteer Fire Department.

Calvin served many positions over the years, including as President of the Glyndon Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Reter also served as President of the Maryland Classified Employees Association. He served with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources as a Forest Ranger for 22 years, protecting our Maryland forests. He visited many elementary schools to educate children on fire safety and how to protect our forests often changing into the Smokey Bear suit to hand out pine seedlings to be planted. It was not unusual for him to done the Smokey Bear suit and preside over local parades which earned him the nickname “Smokey.” He served as a member of Carroll County General Health Services Inc. He also served with the Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Coordinating Council, an umbrella group of area organizations. Within the last ten years, Mr. Reter was Reisterstown Senior Center’s Council President. He was an active participant in local and state politics, vocally advocating for the betterment of the community.

He took over the Reter’s Market Glyndon grocery business when his father retired, offering the same excellent customer service, including traditions of door to door delivery and monthly grocery tabs. When Mr. Reter closed Reter's Market, he replaced it with Reter's Crab House in Glyndon. Eventually, Mr. Reter's son, Brad would take over the business and relocate to the Landmark Shopping Center in Reisterstown. Calvin especially enjoyed working with Brad and his staff, serving as a host on busy weekends, striking up conversations and friendships with the patrons.

Mr. Reter started a group called "Old Timers" with the objective of preserving and sharing local history of the Owings Mills and Reisterstown area. Having spent his entire life in the area, Mr. Reter's ancestors stretch back a long way, with his people being from the Greenspring Valley. He and his siblings and their double cousins met monthly for lunch, his parents' descendants gather every year for Christmas breakfast, his mother's extended Gill family gathers yearly, and until recently his father's extended Reter family held bi-annual reunions.

History, community service and family are the hallmark of Calvin Reter's legacy. I pray he is remembered, honored and celebrated for a long time to come. We indeed have huge shoes to fill. Our prayers of comfort go out to Calvin’s wife Betty, daughters Vicki Yarnell, her husband Pat, and Suzanne Brown and her husband John, son Brad Reter and his wife Kathy, their children and grandchildren, as well as Calvin’s sister Nancy Stocksdale. His brother, James Reter passed just over two years ago.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 30th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Thursday, January 30th, 2020 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Eline Funeral Home
    11824 Reisterstown Road
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  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, January 30th, 2020 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Thursday, January 30th, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Eline Funeral Home
    11824 Reisterstown Road
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  • Service

    Friday, January 31st, 2020 | 10:00am
    Friday, January 31st, 2020 10:00am
    Eline Funeral Home
    11824 Reisterstown Road
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    Rev. Timothy P. Feaser
  • Interment

    Evergreen Memorial Gardens
    2800 Old Westminster Pike
    FINKSBURG, MD 21048
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Private Condolence

Mike Hofmeister

Posted at 07:06am
Calvin, a man dedicated to the betterment of the Reisterstown, Owings Mills, Glyndon and to other surrounding communities. May he rest in peace. The Alumni Association of Franklin High School.

Tracey Jones

Posted at 04:07pm
My parents were Betty and Bud Lambert. I was just 5 when we moved to the big house on Butler Rd. Mr Reter was always a very kind gentleman anytime we shopped at his grocery store. My deepest condolences to his family.
Tracey Lambert Jones

Bonnie Hudson

Posted at 03:38pm
I only met Mr. Reter recently when he was out to dinner with his wife Betty, but I love hearing Brad talk about all that he did for the community. My thoughts are with Brad and his entire family

Rachel Utterback

Posted at 01:30pm
Calvin was certainly a wonderful person who will be so greatly missed by everyone he crossed paths with. No matter what the situation, Calvin always had a kind word and smile. He has inspired so many people throughout the community and given so much of himself to so many people and organizations. May each of you be blessed with happy memories of this incredibly wonderful man. Our deepest condolences!
Rachel and Mark Utterback

Brenda Sanner Williams

Posted at 11:09pm
Mr. Reter was such a pillar of the community! He was a man who truly loved people and his smile was infectious ....I remember as a child going to his crab house in Glyndon .He was always so kind and friendly.
Every time I ran into him,he was always so pleasant and made you feel like a friend.
My heartfelt sympathy to all his wonderful family .... He will be sorely missed but he is now in Paradise with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ 😇 Prayers of Comfort to my dear friend Vicki, Brad and all the Reter Family 💕 🙏🙏🙏 Brenda Sanner Williams and Wayne Williams

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