Traverse City Record-Eagle


January 8, 2014

David M. Reitan

FRANKFORT — David M. Reitan, of Frankfort, died Dec. 31, 2013, after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer. He was born in Onawa, Iowa, the middle of three sons born to Lars and Bess (Sargeant) Reitan. When Dave was two the family moved to South St. Paul, Minn., where he was raised on the family farm.

Dave’s quick mind and mechanical aptitude eventually led him to the plastics industry. He started his own company, Shape, and did some of the early development of CDs. As he moved on he eventually met and worked for Al Sears who had started up a new company, Incoe, that produced and installed injection molding systems; Dave became an expert in the development and installing of these systems.

He traveled the world for the company, going to installations in Europe, the Far East and Australia to install these systems or to troubleshoot. During the 25 years he worked at Incoe Dave received seven patents for his work with injections molding systems.

Eventually he moved his family east to Keene, N.H., and then Maine. While living there Dave became a master diver and was involved in river diving rescues. He loved diving and made several trips to the Caribbean.

He was a Boy Scout Master and took the Scouts on many camping trips, including teaching survival camping.

Dave loved to hunt and fish. He made trips over the years to hunt in Canada and out west, usually successfully returning with deer, moose or elk. Dave made many trips to Frankfort to fish on Lake Michigan with his boss and friend, Al. He also went on fishing trips to Canada. Dave was a planner and spent weeks making sure everything was in order before actually making the trips. He always felt the planning, preparation and anticipation were as important as the trip itself.

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