REITZEL RUFUS H. JR. "BUD" Age 78, of Tampa, FL, passed away October 11, 2012, peacefully with loved ones. Beloved husband of Barbara, dear brother to Joan (Leo) Parnagian; dearest father of Lisa (Nathaniel) Bradley, James (Kathleen) Reitzel, Stacy James, Traecy (Darren) Brunner and Heather Lee Reitzel (predeceased); loving grandfather of Nathaniel Bradley, Quinn (Arthur) Getz, Chandler James, Ryelynn and Marla Brunner; loving great- grandfather of Henry and Lily Getz; dear step-father to Tonya and Anne Cook and step-grandfather to Jaclyn and Holly Buckley and Sara and Jacob Miller; loving uncle and good friend to many. Born in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, Bud graduated from Cranbrook School, attended Michigan State University and graduated from Wayne State University. He served his country in the U.S. Army, and was stationed in Ulm, Germany. Bud utilized his experience in the finance division of the Army to open Troy Finance in 1960. In 1962 he founded Lee Acceptance Co., an accounts receivable management company known today as Asset Acceptance and celebrating its 50th anniversary. As the Chairman and former CEO, he took Asset Acceptance public in 2004 before retiring in 2006. A pioneer of the debt purchasing industry, Bud's recognitions include Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, founding member and first president of the Asset Buyers Association and ACA International Honorary Membership. Bud loved hunting and fishing with his family and friends. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed boating on Lake St. Clair and Tampa Bay. He also loved music and played piano in a jazz band during his college years. A Funeral Service will be held at Blount & Curry Funeral Home, 605 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa, on Saturday, October 20th at 11:30 a.m. Visitation will occur two hours prior to the service on Saturday and from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday October 19th. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in Bud's memory to Tampa General Hospital Foundation, Palliative Care Program, PO Box 1289, Tampa, FL 33601. Private entombment will be at Serenity Gardens Memorial Park, Largo Florida. Blount & Curry MacDill Avenue Chapel (813) 876-2421.
Share memories in the guest book. Entries are free and are posted after being reviewed for appropriate content.
Enjoyed seeing Bud at our 50th reunion of Cranbrook 1952.