Richard Orren "Dick" Reuss
Richard (Dick) Orren Reuss, age 92, late of Glenview, but forever a Blue Islander, passed away on November 29th, 2018. He was a loving Husband, Father and Grandfather. Always active with work and community organizations: he owned Reuss Sporting Goods in Blue Island, VernRoy Sporting Goods in Roseland and VernRoy and Sons Discount in Harvey. Later he was a sales rep for Abu Garcia, then a manufactures rep conducting hundreds of fishing workshops and sport shows. In 1985 he starred in the American Film Institute's production, "Catching Salmon – a Basic Guide to Fishing Lake Michigan". He was a member of the Blue Island Historical Society, the American Legion, deliverer of Meals on Wheels, was an avid stamp collector, loved traveling with the Airstream RV group, and selling antiques at Three Sisters. A lifelong sport fisherman, he loved fishing Lake Michigan, was a member of the Calumet Fishing Club, was inducted into the Fishing Hall of Fame receiving their Dolphin Award, was a member of the Great Lakes Sport Fishing Council, and was an Illinois delegate to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission for 30 years. He was recognized in the Congressional Record on Oct. 23, 2009 for his work with the Commission. Survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Mary (nee Derian); their children Terry (and John) and Rick (and Lori); their grandchildren Derian (and Rachel), Krista (and John), Mike (and Amy), and Naomi; 7 great grandchildren; and his brother Vernon (and Diane). He will be greatly missed by all of them and many more. In lieu of flowers or condolences, please consider making a memorial gift to the Blue Island Historical Society, 13018 Maple Avenue, Blue Island, IL 60406. A celebration of life will occur in mid-January, please e-mail [email protected] for more information.

Published by Chicago Tribune on Dec. 3, 2018.
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Hi Mary,

Karen and I have many fond memories of you and Dick and were sorry to hear of his passing. Even after all of these years your names come up in conversation as Blue Island remembers the contribution the two of you made to the community.

God Bless

Karen and Ken Jellema
January 1, 2019
Terry and mrs Reuss I am deeply sorry for your loss. Mr Reuss was always so kind to me whenI was visiting as a child. Peace ad loving memories comfort you today.
December 18, 2018
Terry, I remember you from grade school, sorry for the passing of your father. Ranetta Ali (Trainer)
Ranetta Ali
December 17, 2018
Hi terry, crystal Anderson wallner here. So sorry to hear of your loss! Please include me on info for the January memorial. My sympathies for your tremendous loss
Crystal Anderson Wallner
December 13, 2018
Mary and the Reuss Family,

Dick was a long time friend and partner in working with the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. He served there for many years and we all attended many meetings together. He has received many thanks and awards for his devoted efforts, including a mention in the Congressional Record and the Buzz Besadny Award from the Fishery Commission. We will all miss Dick greatly but will be comforted with the many fond memories we have of him. He was a staunch protector of the Great Lakes and a supporter of the Illinois DNR. It was such a pleasure and honor to know him and count him as our friend.Thank you for sharing Dick with us.
Rich Hess
December 5, 2018
Ricky and Terry, not sure if your remember me, I was a year or two older but we grew up together in BI. We are also related in a way. Second cousins I think is how it goes. I was very sad to hear Dick had gone on to be with the Lord. One of the things I remember most and will be forever grateful for was the time your folks opened their home and hearts to host the luncheon after my dads funeral. It made a difficult day a little less difficult for me.
Larry Labahn
December 4, 2018
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