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.