Robert “Bob” Reid, 81, of Central Point died on July 29 due to complications of aspiration pneumonia. Robert Alan Reid was born on September 18, 1941 in Chicago., Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Elizabeth, and a brother, Jack.
Bob attended Lassen College receiving a degree in Forestry which led him to later work with the Bureau of Land Management until his retirement in 1998. After retirement from BLM, Bob worked as a Special Ed assistant in both Eagle Point and Phoenix Talent School Districts.
He loved his wife Mary, who preceded him in death in 2013, and adored his daughter Kelly, who loved him with her whole heart. Bob and Kelly shared many adventures together accompanied by their Irish Golden, Wrigley after Mary’s passing. Many of those adventures were in pursuit and development of one of Bob’s loves, woodcarving. Bob belonged to both the Central Point Woodcarvers and the woodcarving group in Jacksonville. Bob, Kelly and Wrigley enjoyed going to carving shows in Oregon and particularly in Lincoln City each year. Seeking opportunities to develop his talents, Bob turned to attending the Creede Woodcarver’s Rendezvous in Colorado and made a pilgrimage four times to reunite with friends and instructors across the United States.
Along with woodcarving, Bob loved going to new breweries and sampling their beer. He was quick to offer stories of his military service in Germany and his many years working for the BLM. He was fond of saying, “Heavens to Murgatroyd” to sum up his view on current events and telling you if you were jumping into the shower, “Don’t hurt yourself.” He loved BLT sandwiches, Burger King, and mixed vegetables but most of all he enjoyed a simple life and the love of friends.
Donations may be made to the Bob Reid Scholarship Fund at the Creede Woodcarver’s Rendezvous (attn: Jim Benjamin, 4580 Wiley Road, Peyton, CO 80831/ write for BOB REID FUND in the memo line) or to the Morris Study Golden Retriever Lifetime Study (720 S. Colorado Blvd., suite 174 A, Denver, CO 80246 in Bob’s memory.