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Herbert J. Reif


1927 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Herbert J. Reif

Herb Reif passed away peacefully on March 18, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Madison, CA on September 25, 1927. He spent his early years exploring the hills near Susanville, OR and graduated high school in Baker City, OR. Herb joined the Army and was sent to South Korea at the end of WWII. He graduated as an electrician from Perry Technical Institute in 1950 and went on to enjoy a 38 year career with Seattle City Light.

Herb was most at home outdoors, venturing throughout the Pacific Northwest to hike mountain trails, walk seashores, ski powder snow, climb peaks, bicycle, camp, and explore the San Juan and Gulf Islands by kayak. Herb was passionate about the preservation and protection of our natural world for all to enjoy.

He met the love of his life, Anabel, at a work party for the Mountaineers' ski lodge. After spending the early years of marriage living on a house boat, they moved to Wedgwood to raise two daughters, sharing their love of nature with them and later their grandchildren. They also enjoyed plays at the Seattle Rep and Intiman, and took numerous trips to Europe and around the US and Canada.

Herb also strongly believed in giving back to his community. He volunteered on the ski patrol at Ski Acres, on search and rescue with Seattle Mountain Rescue Council, and for the Mountaineers. Later, he participated in the Wedgwood Community Council and advisory board for Magnuson Park. After retirement, he spent 20 years as a Backcountry Ranger volunteer for the US Forest Service, as a Travelers Aide at SeaTac Airport, and participated in eagle counts along the Skagit River. Herb's legacy is this spirit of giving, embodied in his stewardship of loved ones and the world around him.

Herb is survived by his wife of 60 years, Anabel, daughters Heidi (Dave) and Wanda (Ralph), and grandchildren Emilie, Haden (Carly), and Owen. He was preceded in death by his brother Walt.

A celebration of Herb's life will be held on April 13, 2014, at 2pm at the Graham Visitors Center in the UW Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Dr E, Seattle. In lieu of flowers, donations to plant a tree in his memory may be made at www.americanforests.org.

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Published in The Seattle Times from Apr. 6 to Apr. 11, 2014
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