Melissa Reinhardt, KD6BIT SK
CVARC member Melissa S. Reinhardt, a marketing and advertising executive with close ties to the amateur radio industry passed away peacefully on November 9, 2018 after an 11-year battle with cancer.
Her ever-present smile was often seen at Dayton and regional hamfests. Over the years she created promotional programs for AOR, Alinco, Kantronics, U.S. Tower and others. She served clients in many other disciplines including manufacturing, sporting goods and financial services. Through her career, she won several national and regional awards for advertising excellence.
Born in Buffalo, NY, she moved to her adopted community of Agoura Hills, CA in 1987.
She was active in her community, holding seats on charitable boards for youth sports and the Friends of the Library. She was an effective fundraiser for numerous charitable causes.
Melissa was active on the air, had volunteered as an emergency communicator with the Los Angeles County Disaster Communications Service and made many contacts as a YL County Hunter.
She was married for 44 years to Jeff Reinhardt, AA6JR, the mother of Jessica Reinhardt, KD6ARA and son Steven, K6SJR.
The family has requested that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society in her name, earmarked for inflammatory breast cancer research.