Roger Ray Reichman passed away peacefully at 1:20 a.m. on Jan. 23, 2011, at Saint Vincent Hospital in Billings as a result of complications due to cancer treatment. He was 64 years old.
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Roger was born Aug. 15, 1946, in Bozeman to Warren and Wilma Reichman of Sedan. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Missoula, where his father graduated from the School of Journalism.
Roger's parents purchased The Madisonian newspaper and moved to Virginia City in 1950. Roger attended school in Virginia City through the eighth grade and graduated from Ennis High School in 1964. He attended The University of Montana and earned a B.A. degree in Anthropology in 1969.
Roger became a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force, attended flight school and received his "Wings" in 1970. He flew the C-141 cargo aircraft during the Vietnam War, most notably participating in the first flight to return prisoners of war from Hanoi to freedom in the U.S. After flying for 20 years and achieving the rank of captain and the designation of command pilot, Roger retired from the Air Force in 1989.
After he retired, he returned to his beloved Montana and purchased a small ranch at Sedan. This was the dream of his life. He could now spend time with his family and enjoy God's creation right out his back door. Roger could now pursue his passion for fishing with his grandchildren, hunting and further his walk with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He also loved the Thanksgiving family get-togethers, especially playing pinochle. He also worked as the night shift manager for Holiday Stores in Bozeman until his retirement in 2010.
Roger married Carla McNeeley in Wichita Falls, Texas, on March 27, 1970. They lived, loved and grew older together for 40 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Warren and Wilma Reichman.
Roger is survived by his beloved wife, Carla; three children, Eric of Helena, Khristy Yowler (Greg) of Rockford, Ill., and Brett (Jessica) of Chaska, Minn.; three grandchildren, Kristen and Aaron Yowler, and Leah Jean Reichman. Additionally, he is survived by his brother, Michael Reichman (Kathryn) of Puyallup, Wash.; and sister, Tamara Steindorf (David) of Charlo; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements are being made by K&L Mortuary of Three Forks. The funeral ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at Shields Valley United Methodist Church in Clyde Park. Interment will be in the Woosley Family Cemetery in Sedan.
Contributions may be made to the Heart of the Valley Humane Society in Bozeman.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Jan. 26, 2011