H. Lee Reisenleiter, a former police officer in Glendale
and Brentwood, and district manager with Steak 'n Shake, died Tuesday
(Dec. 8, 1998) at St. Louis University Medical Center of complications
from diabetes. He was 76 and lived in Brentwood.
In the 1950s, Mr. Reisenleiter was a police officer in Glendale and
Brentwood. He was district manager with Steak 'n Shake in the late 1960s
and early 1970s. He retired in 1987 as a sales associate for the old
National Industrial Security agency.
Mr. Reisenleiter was born and reared in St. Louis. He served in the Army
in World War II, receiving a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. He was a
50-year member of the American Legion. He was also active in other
veterans' groups and was a member of the American Association of Retired
Persons. He was often asked to speak at various area schools on the
history of the war.
Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today at Bopp Chapel, 10610
Manchester Road, Kirkwood, with an American Legion service at 7 p.m. The
funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral chapel. Burial
will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
Among the survivors are his wife of 52 years, Maxine Reisenleiter; a
son, Harry Reisenleiter II of Naperville, Ill.; a daughter, Missy Reise
nleiter of St. Louis; two sisters, Marion Dowell of Glendale and Rosann
Kemper of Webster Groves; and a grandson.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association
or the American Kidney Foundation.
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, MO, 10 Dec
1998, Page C17 - courtesy of Tedd Cocker)
Grave marker of Harry Lee Reisenleiter in Section 1D, Site
1080 of the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Saint Louis (St. Louis
Harry enlisted in the U.S.
Army at Jefferson Barracks, MO on October 6, 1942 and volunteered for
He was assigned to Company B, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment. The
508th had just been activated at Camp Blanding, FL and following basic
training the regiment moved to Fort Benning, GA for parachute training
and then on to Camp Mackall, NC for advanced field training.
Pfc Reisenleiter jumped into Normandy on D-Day and was wounded
there on 13 June. Cpl Reisenleiter also fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
Following the war Harry was the police chief for Brentwood, MO for a few
years and often spent his personal time going out in his jump suit
telling his story to school children.