Robert M. Reeves
83 years young
Bob Reeves died peacefully in Seattle on August 30, surrounded by family after a 7 month battle with pancreatic cancer. His was a life well-lived, full of fine travel and rich experience.
Born in Wendell, Idaho on February 26, 1930, Bob grew up in Rupert and graduated from the University of Idaho. He accepted his officer's commission in the United States Air Force through the university's ROTC program and promptly embarked with his young wife, Sally, on a career full of both small and grand places--from Moultrie, Georgia to Presque Isle, Maine to Canada, Europe and Southeast Asia. He served as a navigator for most of his career which included stints in Vietnam flying reconnaissance missions with the 12th Tactical Squadron out of Tan Son Nhut Air Base as well as a squadron navigator in RAF Alconbury, England. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel operating the Officer and NCO clubs in RAF Alconbury. Returning to Boise, Idaho in 1974 he sold office equipment for Southworth and Boise Office Equipment. After a seventeen-year second career, Bob left Boise for the mountains of the Wood River Valley.
Through all the military travels, Ketchum, Idaho provided the continuity of a home, first as part time resident at the family place on Board Ranch and later, some 23 years ago, settling full time with Sally on Warm Springs Avenue. He loved Ketchum and, likely, everyone in it. "Retirement" in Ketchum included many years with the Sun Valley Company and lastly, his best gig, working for PK Sports. He loved to travel with Sal, walking to work, shoveling snow, the elk when they came down to feed and stopping to chat with everyone.
Bob's sense of humor and joy in life will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sally, his daughter Holly, his dear friend Beth, nieces Suzanne and Dana, the son he never had, Brian Webber and his beloved second family at PK's. Lastly, he was proud to be great uncle Bob to Kelli, Courtney and Brady and grandpaw to Jick.
A celebration of Bob's life is planned for mid-October in Ketchum--more information will be available later at PK Sports. In lieu of flowers please take a moment to lift a glass--offer a small toast and enjoy each day.
Published in Idaho Statesman on Sept. 15, 2013