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Robert P. Reimers, 76

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.

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  • Eadie Scoggin says:

    I always adored Bobby.
    Sending all my love to my cousins.
    There is such a beautiful reunion happening in heaven, I can feel the love.

  • Carol Cunningham says:

    Heartfelt condolences to my dear cousins at the loss of their big brother and to all of the rest of us who loved him and were lucky enough to share part of our journey with him.

  • John Brockman says:

    Bob was in our high school class of ’63 Payette. I am not sure this is the same person. If you could give me some details I would pass it on to our class. Our FB page is Payette High Class Of ’63
    Thank you
    John Brockman

  • Eadie Scoggin says:

    Tonight he’s Riding in the Sky~
    Bobby Reimers he certainly was a fine specimen of a man…
    His laugh filled the room, his simile was infectious, he was a little mischievous, and always has a sparkle in his eyes.
    I always knew he was my grandma’s favorite, of course she never whispered of word to confirm my suspicions but it was apparent she adored him.
    Grandma would light up when he entered the room, they where always so happy to see each other. He seemed to have that effect on anyone that called him family or friend.

    Forever in my heart.

  • Clarice Riggs says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you today, Sandy, Joyce, Lyle & Gayle, as you say your final goodbyes to this very special person. We’ll all miss him!

  • Mary Jo Penberthy says:

    Bob lived below my grandparents. He was part of my life since I was a tiny tot. I always thought he had the coolest horse and coolest dog. He had a good buddy that lived next to my mom, and they would compete on who gave me the most money for my birthday. On Christmas break from college, I came home to work at the mill. Bob had called my mom, knowing I was on nightshift, asking her to have me pick him up from the bar. So at 2 am, I pulled up to the bar, he got in the car and said “HoJo! Do you know where I live?” I smiled and laughed, and said, no… do you? He gave me $20 for the ride (which he insisted on); and told me to tell Jesse that he gave me $40. I appreciate that he was in my life. You’ll be missed “Wobert”. My condolences to his family.
    Love, HoJo

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