On Feb. 4, 2012 Heaven gained the most amazing man. Robert L. “Bob” Reid, 74, of Amarillo, TX left the constraints of this world with his loving daughter Kristen, by his side, holding his hand, telling him how much she loved him.
Services will be at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Bob was born Feb. 22, 1937 in Louisville, KY to Helen Marie Raible Reid and Berton Ludlow “Jack” Reid.
Bob was the essential “Army Brat” and graduated high school in Frankfurt, Germany. Enlisting in the Army in April 1955, and won Regular Army Competitive Appointment to the US Military Academy at West Point in 1958. Graduated USMA in 1962, commissioned in the Field Artillery. Served as Asst. Professor of Physics at West Point. Served two tours in Vietnam and retired in 1976 as Major.
He was Chairman of the Laser/Optics Dept at TSTI-Amarillo, retiring in 1992, and went on to work at Pantex as Training Officer for the Dept. of Energy, retiring in 1997.
Bob was a former member of the Downtown Lions Club and Canyon Country Club.
He loved to travel across the US and Canada in his RV and loved to play golf. This was one of the main things he missed when he was robbed of his arms by ALS.
He was preceded in death by father, Berton L. “Jack” Reid and Helen Marie Reid, and sweet dog, Oreo.
He is survived by his daughter, Kristen D. Hunt & husband Donny, their children, Avalon, Bradyn, Austin & Grayson; his wife, Doris W. Reid; his daughter, Dona Clements & husband Wade, their children, Paige Clements and Christina Barnett; his son, Steve Dirickson and wife Angela of Everett, WA; a great-grandson, Eli; a special friend Betty Golden of Longview, who drove to Amarillo and stayed with him, nursing and helping him until the very end; also survived by special friend Carol Tom of Goliad, his bird watching buddy; many cousins in Louisville, KY; and a brother, Lawrence “Larry” Reid of Rhode Island.
The family wants to thank Dr. Salil Trehan and staff for helping Bob during his illness and working feverishly to help him. We would also like to thank Aimee Shatney and the staff at the Arbors for their care and support.
The family asks in lieu of flowers that donations be sent to the ALS Association so that someday, we may prevent more “Pepaws” and Daddys from being taken from us too soon.