James Eugene Reid, 66, of Fort Morgan, was called home on Jan. 21, 2014. A Memorial Service will be held to celebrate Jim's life at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at St. Helena Catholic Church, 917 W. Seventh Ave., Fort Morgan, followed by a noon luncheon with a private family interment scheduled later in the day.
Jim was born to George and Betty Reid in Sterling on June 28, 1947, but spent the majority of his youth in southwest Colorado and Farmington, N.M., graduating from Farmington High School with the class of 1965.
He and Yvonne Yunker eloped to Preston, Idaho on Feb. 6, 1967, and the couple raised two fine boys, Russ and Brad. While balancing both caring for his growing family and his studies, Jim was able to graduate with honors from NMSU with a Bachelor in Agricultural Economics in 1972. He then accepted a position back in Sterling with Production Credit Association and through the years moved to Fort Morgan where he retired in 2000 with the title of Manager/Vice President of both the PCA and Farm Credit Services in that community.
Jim was very active in the Evening Optimist Club's charitable work and was elected president of that organization many times over. In his spare time Jim spent countless hours fishing everywhere from the southwestern United States to Canada and Alaska and it is doubtful if there is a body of water in Colorado or Wyoming that he hasn't tested at one time or another. When he wasn't fishing he could be found at one of the local golf courses, usually in fierce competition with his grandson, Noah. Although a pretty good amateur rock hound and avid fisherman, his true passion was spending time with his pride and joy, Noah. Anybody who has seen the two together over these past 15 years can attest to their strong bond and kindred souls.
Jim leaves behind his wife of 47 years, Yvonne Reid of Fort Morgan; his two sons, Russell Reid of Marquette, Mich., and Bradley Reid and wife Shannon and their son, Noah, all of Brush. He also leaves behind his brother, Steve Reid and wife Ellen of Casper, Wyo.; brother, Dave Reid and wife Dianne of Hillsboro, Ore.; sister, Betty Rice of Athens, Ga.; and brother, George Reid of Bloomfield, N.M.; aunt, Kathleen Michel of Palm Harbor, Fla.; brother-in-law, Bill Yunker and wife Sherry and their son Chad of Las Vegas, Nev.; 10 nieces and nephews and countless cousins.
Jim was preceded in death by both parents, George and Betty Reid.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made in Jim's honor to the Fort Morgan Evening Optimist Club.
Jim is in the care of Heer Mortuary; 225 E. Platte Ave., Fort Morgan; condolences can be left at heermortuary.com.