On Monday, March 4, 2013, the Lord rewarded
his good and faithful servant, Fred
Reichow, by taking him home to be with
Him. Those who knew Fred will not be
surprised to know that he left this world at
peace and with a smile on his face.
Frederick I. Reichow was born September
17, 1934, to William R. and Gladys “Toots”
Weathermon Reichow, in Winchester, Idaho.
He grew up on a farm in Idaho and graduated
from Orofino High School in 1954. It was
at a high school dance where Fred met Barbara Beck. He attended
the University of Idaho from 1954-1955 and joined the US Navy in
- He and Barbara were married in 1957.
They spent most of their married life in Portland, Oregon and
had three children – Kathryn Lea, Daniel D. and Deborah Ann.
The children were still quite young when Barbara passed in January,
- Fred was both mother and father to his children. They
enjoyed camping and traveling and the children especially enjoyed
the strength and security Fred brought to their lives, even in time of
adversity, as was his way.
In 1974 the family moved to Milton-Freewater, Oregon where
Fred began farming which is what he had always wanted to do. That
same year, he met Sheena Richwine, a widowed mother of four. The
two were married in June of 1975 and two families became one.
Fred was strong of faith and strong of courage with an enormous
capacity to love unconditionally. People will remember his ready
smile, hearty handshake and graciousness. He spent many years
in the service of his Lord through Good Samaritan Ministries and
touched many lives through that.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Mary Virginia
Reichow and Lois Tiede; both Barbara and Sheena and one
son, Ronald Conrad.
He is survived by six children: Heather Hamilton of Edmonds,
Washington; Ashley Conrad of Whistler, British Columbia; Dawn
Stephan of Lake Forest Park, Washington; Kathryn Reichow of Kirkland,
Washington; Daniel Reichow of Lake Stevens, Washington;
and Deborah Fisher of Bothell, Washington; fifteen grandchildren;
five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends may pay their respects from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00
p.m., Friday, March 8, 2013, at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt,
1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, Washington. The memorial
service will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 8, 2013, at the Athena Baptist
Church, 5th and High Streets, Athena, Oregon. Pastor John Nichols
will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory
to Good Samaritan Ministries through the funeral home.
Friends may write memories and sign the online guestbook at