Harry Robert Reichart was born on December 8, 1927 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Charles George and Mary Veronica Jones Reichart. He passed away on April 1, 2019 at the age of 91. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother George, sisters, Mary Dickson Ernst and Helen Sailor, wife Charlotte Louise Reichart, sons, Thomas Bryant and Stanley Richard, daughter Barbara Jean Bratton and grandson James Bratton Jr. He is survived by two granddaughters, Rose Bratton Carlyle and Catherine Lynn Kennedy, and five great-grandchildren, Breanna Bratton, Emily and Madalyn Kennedy, Abigail and Max Maltby, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
After his mother’s death on March 22, 1930 his father placed Harry and his brother George in the Hershey Industrial School (Milton Hershey School) for orphan children in 1933. Harry remained there until June 1946, when he left and joined the U.S. Army. He was stationed at Ft. Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska and was honorably discharged at Great Falls, Montana on March 22,1948 as a T/5 Electrician. After he left the Army, he was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad in Baltimore, Maryland as a signalman and later took a job with the Glenn L. Martin Company in Baltimore as an electrician. In Baltimore, he met his wife, Charlotte. They had three children before moving the family to Texas in 1965, where he went to work for the Johnson Space Center, followed by Texas PetroChemicals of Houston until his retirement in 1998.
He acquired the love of beekeeping from his father and was passionate about showing his bees and honey production. He was a member of the Harris County Beekeepers Association and after his retirement from Texas PetroChemicals he volunteered at Space Center Houston, greeting people from all over the world. He enjoyed going to all the basketball and football games in Friendswood and was well known throughout the community and was liked by all. He was also a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Friendswood, Texas, where he held numerous positions over the years.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 9 A.M. followed by a memorial service at 10 A.M. at Hope Lutheran Church, 1804 S. Friendswood Dr. in Friendswood, Texas, 77546 with Rev. Ralph Hobratschk officaiting. Harry will be buried alongside his wife and two sons in Baltimore, Maryland.
Those who so desire may make memorial donations in memory of Harry to Hope Lutheran Church.