Frederick Laurence Reuter

January 23, 1942 - March 31, 2018
Frederick Laurence Reuter

Frederick Laurence “Rick” Reuter, age 76, of Hampstead, passed away on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

Rick was born on January 23, 1942 in Queens NY, the son of Frederick Louis Reuter and Marguerite Buschman Reuter.

Rick proudly served his country with honor and distinction in the United States Navy aboard the USS Lexington from 1962 till 1966.

After his naval service Rick met the love of his life, Meg Leahy, and they married on April 9, 1967. They lived on Long Island, NY, while there Rick worked for LILCO, and retired after 25 years service. He served the communities he lived in by volunteering for the Bellmore, LI Fire Department and later the Farmingville LI Fire Department, where he was a former Captain. When he relocated to the Hampstead Area he became a member of the Hampstead Volunteer Fire Department. Rick was also a proud member of the Patriot Guard.

His greatest legacy are his three children, Cheryl Rera (Don), Athena Pollina (John), and Steve (Rhonda); and 7 grandchildren, Dayna, Cassidy & Anthony, Rera; Nicholas and Lauren Pollina, and Jordyn and Rylee Reuter.


The family will receive friends at the Wilmington Funeral Hampstead Chapel, 16076 US Hwy 17N. Hampstead, NC 28443, a visitation will be held from 1:00pm till 2:00pm on Monday, April 9, 2018, on what would have been Rick and Meg’s 51st Wedding Anniversary. A service to celebrate Rick’s life will follow at 2:00pm. A rendering of Military Honors will be presented by the United States Navy Honor Guard in recognition of Rick’s honorable and faithful service to his country.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions made to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation at, in loving memory of Rick would be greatly appreciated.

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  • April 02, 2018
    Steve Bouton says:
    Rick was a good friend, husband, father and man He was a patriot. We had a some very good times together and I will miss him forever.

  • April 03, 2018
    Joe and Ginny Berne says:
    Meg, we are so sorry for your loss. We remember Rick as a true gentleman, and friend.

  • April 03, 2018
    Andre and Susan lit a candle:
    Lit since April 3, 2018 at 4:59:15 PM

  • April 04, 2018
    Kathy and Jim Wartner says:
    Meg and Family - our hearts go out to you in this time of loss. We did not know Rick, but knowing you, he must have been a wonderful man! You are in our heartfelt prayers.

  • April 09, 2018
    Barbara mullins says:
    My heart pours love your way Meg. I know the love you and Rick shared and the journey together this past year. Great man and will be missed. Heaven must have needed this special angel