George C. Reichhardt

  • Born: November 15, 1940
  • Died: January 14, 2018
  • Location: Joliet, Illinois

Kurtz Memorial Chapel

102 E. Francis Road
P.O. Box 129
New Lenox, IL 60451

Tel. (815) 485-3200

Tribute & Message From The Family

George C. Reichhardt
77, of Joliet, passed away Sunday, January 14, 2018 at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Glendale Heights. George was born in Joliet to the late Charles F. and Catherine M. (nee Briski) Reichhardt. Survived by his daughter Julie K. Reichhardt; a brother Donald J. (Barbara) Reichhardt and a sister Katherine Sheck; he was also survived by step-children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many beloved friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and a grand daughter Christina A. Bourg. George was founding member of Fire Buffs of Illinois, he was a member of HOIFEC (Heart of Illinois Fire Enthusiasts and Collectors, SPAAMFAA (Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America, International Fire Photographers Association, Reichhardt Raiders and Blitz Brothers. He was employed as a Firefighter at the Army Ammunition Plant, East Joliet Fire Protection District, Fermilab, and Rockdale Fire Protection District. He was also a FAE Instructor and MABAS 15 Fire Photographer. His hobbies included photographing fire trucks, fires, trains, towboats, collecting fire memorabilia and he really enjoyed riding Squad 3, Chicago in the early days. His publications include: Fire Apparatus Photo Album of the Ford Tilt Cabs – The Visiting Fireman, 1985 (Editor) and Darley Fire Apparatus – The Visiting Fireman, 1987 (Editor). George also received numerous Awards and Certificates throughout his career. The family will receive friends at Kurtz Memorial Chapel 102 E. Frances Rd, New Lenox on Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 2:00pm until time of services at 7:00pm.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Prayers for you and your family.

Posted by John McGuire - Bartlett, IL - Acquaintance   January 16, 2018

We have known George for over 25 Years and considered him a Great Friend and fellow Fire Memorabilia Collector . We always enjoyed meeting him at a Swap meet & listening to his stories. But most of all enjoyed his visits to our home for our annual Open Houses. He always was a hi-lite of the event and was deerly missed this year. RIP George. Our Prayers are with you and your relatives. Pat & Judy Holohan

Posted by Patrick Holohan - Kankakee, IL - Friend   January 16, 2018

Julie, we will miss seeing your dad when we go see Ron's mom. You have our deepest sympathy

Posted by Joann & Ron Smothers - Channahon, IL - Family Friend   January 16, 2018

Rest easy Captain, we have it from here. George was a true servant of the Fire Service. He was that guy that always brightened up the room, just from his being there. I will miss him

Posted by Joseph Lowry - Memphis, TN - Friend   January 16, 2018

Always on my mind

Posted by Faye Kelly - Brandenburg, KY - Friend   January 15, 2018

Rest in peace, I will miss you, great friends are hard to find.

Posted by Mark & Laurie Hatalla - Stockbridge, GA - Family Friend   January 15, 2018

Sending my thoughts and prayers to the family.

Posted by Kim Przybyla - Shorewood, IL   January 15, 2018