Friday Nov 5, 2021, Robert Paul (Bob) Reimers passed away at home in Nezperce, ID with his companion, Sandy Campbell, by his side. Bob was born July 14, 1945, the first of 4 children Russell Reimers and Viola (Kay) Reimers Belknap were blessed with.
Bob was born in Nezperce, Idaho and spent his early years there, attending the Holy Trinity grade school, then at 14, he went to live with his dad & Stepmother in Weiser, ID. He finally convinced (Lord only knows what he was up to) his dad and Grandpa that he should live with “Pop” and Grandmother. He graduated from Payette High School and went onto Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, OR and earned a degree in Engineering. After finishing college, he worked for the State of Idaho Road Dept, usually building roads. He tried to convince us that he was THE ONE who built the rest area on Hwy 95’s Midvale Hill. He even told his grandmother that he did all of the terracing on the hill by balancing a “Cat” on one track as it went along the hillside! He was a tease and great storyteller. It was always wise to do a lot of checking to see how much of it was “story”!
Bob worked on farms and ranches in that area and continued operating heavy equipment and road building for the rest of his career, from southern Idaho to the forests around Tamarack and Kamiah, ID and up to Whitefish, MT.
After Dad passed away Bob moved north to Kamiah – we were pretty sure he felt he needed to keep a closer eye on the rest of us, that it was now HIS job to be in charge!
He was living in Kamiah, ID when he landed a job on the Alaskan North Slope at Prudhoe Bay, as an equipment operator. Shortly after his retirement from the slope, he and his friend, Sandy, moved to her home in Nezperce, where she took as good of care of him as he would allow! We so appreciate her being there for him, as we know how pleasant and charming, he could be! He spent his last years fighting Lung Cancer and Emphysema, denying it the whole time, and always telling us “I’m a mighty fine specimen”! And he WAS a mighty fine specimen who always did just exactly what he wanted. He lived his life his way, rather it was on the seat of a piece of heavy equipment or on the back of his horse chasing cows! We will always remember him for the good looking, talented and smart one of the bunch! (He told us so!) who had friends at every watering hole from one end of Idaho almost to the other!
Bob was preceded in death by his Dad Russell and his Mom Kay, his grandparents, aunts and uncles, but one aunt, Clarice Riggs.
He is survived by his siblings, Joyce Spevak, Lyle Reimers, Gayle Schumacher and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.
He will be so missed, even as a crochety old man, he was loved!! We miss you big brother and can hear you chewing us out already for not doing this right! LOL
There will be a service at Blackmer Funeral Home, 305 N Mill St, Grangeville, ID on Monday Nov. 15th at 11:00 am. All are welcome and encouraged to bring stories and thoughts they have of Bob to share. (Don’t forget, he will be critiquing each one!) Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Send condolences to the family to blackmerfuneralhome.com.