Douglas William Reimers
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Douglas William Reimers
April 6, 1942 - Nov. 13, 2020
Douglas William Reimers, 78, died Nov. 13, 2020 from complications of Alzheimer's disease. He passed away peacefully at his home in Hillsboro, surrounded by his family.
Doug was born April 6, 1942 in Hillsboro, Ore., to German immigrants, Peter and Frances (nee Tschunko) Reimers. Doug was the second-to-youngest of eight children, including Pete, Jonny, Joe, Walt, Fran (Acuff), Anna (Froberg) and Carolyn (Nussbaumer). After Peter Senior died in 1944, Frances raised all eight children by herself.
Doug graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1960, served in the Army Reserve, and took a job at BP Johns Furniture in Portland, where he was eventually promoted to plant superintendent. He married Carlene Grayce Campbell July 7, 1962 and they purchased their first home on Forest Street in Hillsboro. Doug and Carlene welcomed a son in 1964, Douglas, and a daughter in 1969, Jeanette.
In 1980, Doug started his own business, Reimers Furniture Manufacturing, and worked tirelessly to make it into one of Hillsboro's most successful businesses. Then in 1982, Doug and Carlene built a home on Drake Lane in Hillsboro and they lived there together for 40 years until his passing. Doug and Carlene were married for 58 years. He referred to her as "his beauty" and loved her to no end.
Doug loved being outdoors. He had many hobbies, including fishing, clamming, gardening, and bowling, but his primary outdoor passion was golf. In 1993, he won the Senior Club Championship at the Forest Hills Golf course. The most important part of Doug's life was his grandsons, Austin, Aaron and Andrew. He was involved in all aspects of their lives, including coaching them in baseball, basketball, football and golf, teaching them about life, and always encouraging them to keep moving forward. He attended every event they were involved in.
Doug retired in 2011 and shortly thereafter suffered a stroke, which led to him being diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. He fought Alzheimer's for nine years.
Douglas was preceded in death by his father, Peter Reimers; his mother, Frances Reimers; brothers, Johnny and Pete Reimers; and sister, Fran Acuff. He is survived by his wife, Carlene Reimers; his son, Douglas Reimers; daughter, Jeanette Schoch; daughter-in-law, Evelyn Neal; his son-in-law, Mark Schoch; and grandsons, Austin, Aaron and Andrew Thimjon.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks those wishing to honor Doug's memory to donate to the Alzheimer's research organization of their choice.
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Published in The Oregonian from Nov. 18 to Nov. 20, 2020.
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November 26, 2020
I miss you daddy. I'll think of you always and love you forever
Jeanette Schoch
Daughter
November 20, 2020
I was a young sales representative when I first met Doug. He was working at BP John then and later opened up his own furniture manufacturing plant as we both grew older working in an industry we both loved.
Doug was one of the good guys. Always fair, courteous, and friendly his company became one of my favorites to call on.
We talked about business first but always to work our conversation to golf, family or both.
I haven’t seen Doug for years but he represented everything about our industry I liked.
Dave Wellnitz
Coworker
November 20, 2020
So sorry to see Doug's passing. Dave & him worked together. Rest in peace
Laura & Dave Kemper
Friend
November 19, 2020
We would like to express our condolences to all the family and let them know that we have many fond memories of working with Doug.
Doug was extremely kind to both of us offering both of us a job at RFM.
It was a pleasure working for him and watching the business grow and succeed. The family can be very proud of his lifetime achievement .
Sincerely,
Leo and Marilyn Boyer
Marilyn Boyer
Friend
November 19, 2020
Doug Reimers was great employer, golfing companion and most importantly friend. We met playing golf at Forest Hills, grew to become good friends and I went to work for him in 2003. We miss him here at RFM every day!
Kent Gardner
Friend
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