Robert Dean Reeves Sr. lost his battle with cancer on Feb. 23, 2018. He died in his Hood River, Ore., home, with his family at his side. Big Bob was well known in the community and at the Drano Lake fishing bank.
Bob was born in Toppenish, Wash., on Feb. 9, 1954, to Ernest B. Reeves and Phyllis M. (Payton) Reeves. He was their first child and big brother to Gary. Bob grew up in Granger, Wash., and graduated from high school there. He began a career in grocery retail at Southgate Thriftway, living in Yakima, Wash., for a few years.
In 1975, he met a 16-year-old girl who became the love of his life for the next 42 years. Bob married Ethel Eyvonne on May 16, 1976. Bob and Ethel lived in Granger for two years. Bob then got a job with the new Rosauers Supermarket in Sunnyside, Wash., and was subsequently transferred to be the grocery manager in Hood River.
In 1978, Bob and Ethel gave birth to Dean Jr. shortly after their move. After a bad back injury, Bob was forced to leave Rosauers in 1990. He later was retrained as the associate county tax collector and worked 13 years before declining health forced him into early retirement.
Bob loved hunting and fishing from an early age and all of his life. He spent many days in his younger years on the banks of the Hood River and Drano Lake, fishing for steelhead and salmon. He was a hardworking and good, honest man to all.
Bob is survived by his wife of 41-plus years, his son Dean and two cats, Macy and Ollie. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother.
He did not wish to have a traditional funeral service. A celebration of life gathering will be planned for late May.
In lieu of food and flowers, Ethel asks that friends make a donation to the Meals on Wheels program in memory of Bob, as he has gone fishing (C/O the Hood River Valley Adult Center, 2010 Sterling Place, Hood River, OR 97031).
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River. Visit www. Andersons-TributeCenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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