Elvin was a member of the York VFW & Legion Bolton Post #19 in York and an active member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Benedict where he served in various offices and was a Sunday school teacher for many years. Elvin was also active in the community of Benedict. He loved to dance, play 6-point pitch, and traveling. Elvin and Venicia traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe making many friends along the way. As much as they loved visiting different states and other countries, they always looked forward to returning to their home on the farm and their family.
He is survived by his children Bill (Joan) Reetz of McCool Jct., Jeannie (Steve) Geis of York, Bob (Teresa) Reetz of York, and Janine (Eric) Kirkegaard of Westminster, CO. His grandchildren include: Mickey (Kelly) Reetz of Mesa, AZ, Mindy Mertz of McCool Jct., Jessica Geis of Sutton, Kristina Geis of Omaha, Elizabeth (Lawrence) Osborne of Estes Park, CO, Amanda Geis of Queenstown, New Zeland, Aaron Reetz of Benedict, Bobbie Jean (Tyler) Reaney of Yankton, South Dakota, Sarah Kirkegaard of Jefferson City, Missouri, Seth Kirkegaard of Westminster, CO, Nathan (fiancé Katlyn) Kirkegaard of Westminster, CO. Great-grandchildren include: Jarrod & Taylor Farley, Alecia Mertz, Rachel (fiancé Nathan) Mertz, JJ Mertz, and C.W. Mertz, Madison Geis, Nema Jo Stracener, Michael Underwood, Alex, Isaac, and Adam Reetz, Macie Geis, Dakota Huskins and Oliver Osborne. He is also survived by his brothers Melvin (JoAnn) Reetz and Raymond Reetz, both of York.
Welcoming him into Heaven are his parents, wife, grandsons Jeremiah & Shane Geis, sister and brother-in-law Delores & Edsel Carlson, sister-in-law Shirley Reetz and an infant brother.
Private funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 12, 2021 at the Wessel’s Living History Farm Chapel with the Reverend Ben Kaiser officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Thayer, NE. Elvin’s service will be webcast live on Metz Mortuary’s Facebook Page. Visitation will be held from 1:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, with the family greeting friends between the hours of 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., at the mortuary in York. Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation. COVID 19 Funeral Guidelines will be implemented with masks suggested.