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Robert C. Reichard
August 14, 1932 ~ October 3, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old
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Robert Crispen Reichard passed away on Tuesday, October 03, 2023 at St. Luke’s Residential Health Facility in Oswego, NY.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 10, 2023 from 4:00PM-7:00PM at Traub Funeral Home in Central Square, NY with a funeral service and sharing of memories to follow at 6:30PM. A private burial will follow on Wednesday, at the South Richland (Fernwood) Cemetery in Mexico, NY.
Rob was born on August 14, 1932 in Syracuse, son of the late Frederick B. and Edna M. (Harrington) Reichard Sr. Having survived a near fatal hunting accident at the age of 17, with little chance of survival, Rob not only survived, but thrived, going on to marry Katherine Seeley, build a house, have a career, and raise a family who loved him dearly. Rob was a man who lived life to the fullest, fighting to regain the ability to walk; determining to stay independent in the face of adversity until his last years.
After retiring from Reymore Chevrolet, Rob enjoyed a career in real estate, managing the Channel House Bed and Breakfast in Inlet, NY (where is heart always was), and attending his grandkids school and sporting events.
Rob had an exceptional self-taught knowledge of anything mechanical, working on his own cars as well as his brothers #77 Dirt race car. Family and friends always watched to see if #77 was going to win that night. After retirement, Rob continued to get “How do you fix it?” calls for many years, and was rumored to be able to fix any car.
His disability NEVER slowed him down or prevented him from doing what he wanted, whether it be looooong drives in the Adirondacks, places like Stillwater or the Moose River plains (which seemed to go on for days), or camping (pitching a tent and then sleeping in the car because he heard a noise). Rob loved his boat ‘Little Blue’, spending time on the water, hunting and snowmobiles (where he might have lost a kid or two who fell off the back).
Rob enjoyed going to see old war planes and flying in sea planes. He also loved his Ham Radio, and talking to people all over the world. The internet, and his computer amazed him. He spent many, many hours researching his ancestry.
He loved Jesus and was proud to be a Christian. He especially loved his church family, and hearing the ‘Old Rugged Cross’ played on the organ, even though Kim missed the right keys, and may have sang off tune. He wanted everyone to know Jesus as he did, knowing he was promised heavenly eternity. The angels came and took his hand, and he is finally in heaven, looking down on his loved ones, though they will miss him dearly.
Surviving Robert is his wife of 64 years; Katherine, his children; Mary (Jim) Fellows, Kim (Charles) Fuller, Pam (Rick) Zacharias, and Steven (Lisa) Reichard, a brother; Frederick Reichard Jr., a sister in law; Donna Reichard, an aunt; Suzanne Wilkowski, a legacy of 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren, several cousins, nieces and nephews, as well as his faithful dog; Chloe.
Besides his parents, Rob is predeceased by his children; Richard Harvey and Rebecca Harvey, siblings; Junice Clark, Dean Reichard, and Betty Reichard House, a granddaughter; Amanda Fuller, and cousin and best friend Sonny Hayes.
Arrangements are entrusted to Traub Funeral Home in Central Square where memories and words of comfort can be shared with the family at www.traubfh.com.