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Richard Owen Reeves


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Richard Owen Reeves Obituary
Although born in Colorado, Richard Owen Reeves spent most of his life in Idaho. And it was here that he passed away on July 7, 2016, from an extended illness.
Richard was born on Oct. 3, 1939, in Fairplay, Colorado, to Ruth and Paul Reeves. He entered a world where World War II had commenced in Europe and a country still struggling with the Great Depression. He joined a family of five with siblings, Roland, Patricia and Gordon. One more sibling, Virgil, came along later to complete the brood.
In the early 1950s, the family moved to Howe and the Lost River Valley. Richard then attended schools in Howe and Arco, graduating from Butte County High School in 1956.  After attending Idaho State University for a year, he took a job with Vangas and married Evelyn Yvonne Fallert in June 1958. 
They settled in Arco and doubled the family in the next couple years with James Bret in April 1959 and Brenda Lee in October 1960.
During the next decade or so, the family moved to Blackfoot, Rockford, Salmon, and then back to Rockford, with Richard moving wherever Vangas needed him. During this time, the family grew again with Susan K in November 1966 and Troy J. in September 1971. The second move to Rockford was more permanent; they stayed there nearly two decades.
By the mid-1970s, Richard decided to leave Vangas and start a small business. He owned and operated Time Rental for the next decade or so. He expanded the business, which led to a new building, and diversified beyond renting tools, equipment, and party needs, including selling used cars and dealing in precious metals.
By the late 1980s, Richard returned to working in the propane field. He was hired by V1 Propane in 1987, and after a year in Rawlins, Wyoming, they relocated him to Salmon for his and Yvonne's second stint in that town. He retired in 2001, although he really just moved into a new business; buying and selling collectibles on Ebay.
Looking to find more central location, Richard and Yvonne moved to Gooding in 2004, which is where he lived and where he died, at home with many of his family at his side during those final days.
Richard worked hard and a lot, but he did make time for other activities. He traveled albeit in later years primarily to Jackpot, Nevada. He tinkered with machines and cars-including a Ford Mustang-and collected family and other memorabilia. First and foremost, however, he spent as much free time as possible with friends and family. This was particularly true when his kids started having kids. He LOVED his grandchildren and gave them two of the most valued things a person can give another: undivided attention and unconditional love. And later in his life, when the grandchildren started families of their own, those great-grandkids became the beautiful icing on top of a lovely cake.
Upon his passing he leaves Yvonne, his wife of 58 years; his four siblings and children; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruth and Paul.
The family wants to thank Visions Hospice for making the last weeks of our father's life as comfortable as possible. We cannot recommend their work enough.
A Celebration of Life gathering and light lunch will be held on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 1-4 p.m. at the Gooding Senior Center. If you attend, please come with a story or two about Richard, then find one of the family members and tell it. Our dad loved a good time, and we want this event to be filled with far, far more laughter than tears.
Cremation arrangements were handled under the care and direction of Demaray Funeral Service – Gooding Chapel.
Condolences, memories and photos may be shared with the family by following the obituary link at www.demarayfuneralservice.com.
Published in The Morning News on Aug. 10, 2016
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