Bob Reeves died peacefully in Seattle on Aug. 30, surrounded by family after a seven-month battle with pancreatic cancer. His was a life well-lived, full of fine travel and rich experience.
Born in Wendell, Idaho, on Feb. 26, 1930, Bob grew up in Rupert and graduated from the University of Idaho. He accepted his officer’s commission in the United States Air Force through the university’s ROTC program and promptly embarked with his young wife, Sally, on a career full of both small and grand places, from Moultrie, Ga., to Presque Isle, Maine, to Canada, Europe and Southeast Asia. He served as a navigator for most of his career, which included stints in Vietnam flying reconnaissance missions with the 12th Tactical Squadron out of Tan Son Nhut Air Base, as well as a squadron navigator in RAF Alconbury, England. He retired as a lieutenant colonel operating the officer and NCO clubs in RAF Alconbury. Returning to Boise, Idaho, in 1974, he sold office equipment and supplies for Southworth and Boise Office Equipment.
Through all the military travels, Ketchum provided the continuity of a home, first as part-time resident at the family place on Board Ranch and later, some 23 years ago, settling with Sally full time on Warm Springs Avenue. He loved Ketchum and, likely, everyone in it. “Retirement” in Ketchum included many years with the Sun Valley Co. and lastly, his best gig, working for PK Sports. He loved to travel with Sal, walking to work, shoveling snow, the elk when they came down to feed, and stopping to chat with everyone.
Bob is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sally, his daughter Holly, his dear friend Beth, the son he never had, Brian Webber, and his beloved second family at PK’s.
A celebration of Bob’s life is planned for mid-October in Ketchum—more information will be published in the Mountain Express. In lieu of flowers, please take a moment to lift a glass—offer a small toast and enjoy each day.