(December 8, 1919 – January 24, 2014)
Cecil Fred Reich, devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away Friday morning January 24, 2014 in his home where he always wanted to be. He was born in Lakeview, Oregon on December 8, 1919 to the late Fred and Winifred (Lorton) Reich. He graduated from Medford Senior High School in 1938 and after spending a year working with his dad in the family orchards, he went on to attend the University of Oregon and then transferred to Oregon State University after 2 years. In December of 1941 he was drafted into the United States Army and in 1943 he was transferred to the United States Army Air Corp. He was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant and was eventually assigned to the China-Burma-India Theatre, where he flew C-46 transport planes over the hump. He served in the newly formed United States Air Force as an inactive reserve and was honorably discharged as a 1st lieutenant. He was very proud of his service to his country. He returned to the orchards after the war, and then left Oregon to attend the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. He left TU before graduating in order to take a job with Dowell Industries and was transferred to Michigan with The Dow Chemical Company in 1963. He retired from Dow in 1982. On November 20, 2013, due to his long and distinguished career in the field of science, The University of Tulsa bestowed on him an honorary Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Degree and his granddaughters proudly presented his diploma to him this past Christmas. While in Oklahoma, he met the love of his life, Ruth Loraine Price and they were married on June 6, 1953. They celebrated 51 years of marriage before she passed away in 2005. His love and devotion to her was so evident even when she spent the last two years of her life in an assisted living facility. He would go there daily to feed her lunch. In the late 1950?ÇÖs they adopted two daughters to complete their family. He is survived by daughter Lydia (Cavin) Kinsey, of Newport News, Virginia and their sons Michael (Margaret) Pritchard of Sherman, South Dakota and Kristopher (Aimee) Kinsey of Newport News, Virginia. He is also survived by daughter Charlotte (Michael) Atton of Midland and their daughters Kelsey (Aaron) Allen of Norman, Oklahoma, Mindy Atton of Grand Rapids, Michigan and Emily Atton of Midland. He was also blessed with and survived by great-grandchildren Joseph Pritchard, Amber Pritchard, Lana Braswell, Corbin Pritchard, Drake Braswell, Austin Pritchard, Johnathan Clark, Taylor Kinsey and Jacob Kinsey. His sister Marjorie Chubb of Pleasanton, California and sister-in-law Carol Reich of Oregon also survive him along with numerous nieces & nephews. In addition to his parents and his wife, he was predeceased by his brothers LaVern, Woodrow, Carl & Jack Reich and sisters Waneta (Lewie) Willoughby & Betty Lue (Robert) Young. In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be planned for a later date. Arrangements are in the care of Smith-Miner Funeral Home. Those planning an expression of sympathy may want to consider the Lord of New Life Lutheran Church New Building Fund in care of The Lord of New Life Lutheran Church 3489 N. Eastman Road, Midland, Michigan 48642 or the Alzheimer?ÇÖs Association Mid-Michigan Chapter, 713 Ashman Street, Midland, MI 48640. Dad you were a great example to all of us of what true love and compassion is. You will be dearly missed.