A brave soldier, Richard Howard Reist, 58, of West Spruce Street, Titusville, Pa., and formerly of Kane, Pa., passed away on Sunday, November 6, 2011 at his residence following a four year battle with kidney cancer.
Richard was born August 11, 1953, in Warren, the son of the late Richard Reist and Esther Ristau Reist Wonderling, who survives, along with his step father, Thad. He graduated from Warren High School in 1971. Richard served active duty in the US Army for two years as a Behavioral Science Specialist in Fort Hood, Tx. and served four years inactive. Richard enjoyed learning and spent 22 years getting his education. If he didn't know the answer, he would research it until he knew the answer. He had a lot of interests and loved to travel. Richard obtained his Ph.D. from WVU in 1992, and then did his post doctoral at UNC Chapel Hill and obtained his medical degree from Marshall University in 1999. Richard then did his residency at St. Vincent in Erie, Pa. until 2002. Richard practiced at the Sheffield Medical Center and then came to Titusville Hospital, working at the Tidioute and Tionesta Medical Center Medical Hospital until its closing. Richard worked full time at Tionesta until December 2007; he went out on disability in May 2011.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Helen Sapp Reist, whom he married on May 5, 1990; a son Richard Reist, III and his wife Alicia of Meadville, Pa.; 3 step children, Darlene DeSantis and her husband Bobby, Masontown, WV., Teresa Peck and her husband Rob, and Eric Huggins and his wife Robyn, all of Griffin, Ga.; 2 sisters, Paula Delane Cornelius and her husband Tom Barker, Fl., Carol Collins and her husband Steve, Warren; 2 brothers, Randy Reist, and Del Ristau and his wife Wendy, all of Warren; 3 grandchildren, Tatyana , Maya, and Kyarra Reist; six step grandchildren, Jesse DeSantis, Dylan and Dakota Peck, Ali, Austin and Acyn Huggins; brother in law, Roy Sapp and his Wife Gloria; 2 sister in laws, Nancy Nestor and her husband Paul, Doris Plum and her husband Junior; 2 nephews, Neil and Adam Ristau, and several other nieces and nephews.
Thanks to Titusville Area Hospital CEO, Tony Nasralla and all the doctors, nurses and other staff who helped make the past four years easier, and the doctors who helped look after his patients and even his patients who had been so considerate.
Friends will be received at the Peterson Blick Funeral Home, Inc., 1003 Penn Ave., E., Warren, on Thursday November 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. where a funeral service will be held there at 11 a.m. on Friday November 11, with Rev. Rick Hamrick, pastor, Youngsville Free Methodist Church, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Crawford County, 464 Pine St., Meadville, Pa. 16335; American Cancer Society Joseph S. and Jeannette M. Silber Hope Lodge, 11432 Mayfield Road, Cleveland, Oh. 441062364, or the American Cancer Society, 2 Crescent Park, Warren, Pa. 16365.