William Reid


William Reid
Sept. 13, 1919 - June 4, 2011

William O. "Bill" Reid was born Sept. 13, 1919, to William R. Reid and Nona Koontz. His parents owned a wheat ranch on the Whetstone River near Prescott. Bill was a middle child with three older sisters, Eunice, Gladys and Amy, and one younger sister, Barbara.

Bill attended school in the Prescott area and graduated from high school in 1937. Afterwards he attended Eastern Washington College in Cheney for two years and Northwestern Business College in Spokane for eight months. In April 1941, he volunteered for a year of service with the U.S. Army. He wasn't discharged until over four years later due to the U.S. involvement in World War II. As part of the 18th Engineers, Bill helped construct the ALCAN Highway and spent over two years in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska.

On Oct. 14, 1944, Bill married Helen Rector, also from the Prescott area. Bill and Helen first lived in Lewiston, Idaho, where Bill worked for the Idaho Cletrac Sales Co., a farm equipment business. In 1950 the family moved to Enterprise, Ore., where Bill was part owner of the Enterprise Equipment Co. After selling his business interest in 1954, Bill was hired as the director of the local Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service office. Bill was modest about his accomplishments, but was recognized in 1979 for his service to the agricultural community. He retired after working in the ASCS office for 26 years.

Through the years, Bill was a skilled woodworker and carpenter. He built the Reids' home on Wallowa Lake, several boats and many pieces of furniture. In 1985 Bill and Helen left the cold winters of Wallowa County and moved to Lincoln City on the Oregon coast. As Bill's health declined during recent months, he and Helen moved to Marian Estates in Sublimity, Ore., to be closer to family.

Bill is survived by his wife, Helen; daughter, Robin and her husband, Dick Hayr, of San Jose, Calif.; son, William Reid and his wife, Neva, of The Dalles; daughter, Peggy and her husband, Doug Kistler, of Salem, Ore.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The family will have a private memorial service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army or the charity of your choice. Notes of condolence may be sent to Helen Reid at 590 S.E. Conifer Circle, Apt. 110, Sublimity, OR 97385.


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