OBITUARY

Arthur Clyde Reams Jr.

December 9, 1952January 29, 2019

Art was born to Betty and Arthur Reams Sr. in Spokane, WA. He was a husband and father who enjoyed SyFy, Star Trek, golfing and anything with computers. Art is survived by three daughters, Christy Reams (Tina Fields), Stephanie Kutulas (Steve), and Danielle Reams; two grandsons, Padraic and Bryan, two granddaughters, Alyssa and Ashlee (Andrew), and 5 great-granddaughters, Blakely, Ky’Leigha, Marlowe, Shy’Ahnna and Ella. Visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 from 4 pm - 8 pm at Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home (1306 N Monroe). Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at 10 am at Mountain View Assembly of God (633 E. Magnesium Rd., Spokane, WA 99208). Interment will be held at 12:30 pm at Fairmount Memorial Park.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Byran Braman
  • Rick Reams
  • Gary Reams
  • Steve Kutulas
  • Keith Brewer
  • Kevin Lasalle
  • Shane Brewer, Honorary
  • Daniel Brewer, Honorary
  • Keith McIntosh, Honorary

Services

  • Visitation Friday, February 1, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 2, 2019
  • Committal with Military Honors Saturday, February 2, 2019
REMEMBERING

Arthur Clyde Reams Jr.

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Sandy O’Grady

February 1, 2019

I remember my younger cousin with fond memories. I always remembered him as my baby cousin although there were only 4 years between us. I will always remember him and his brother Rick with their shaved heads in the summer time sitting in front of the TV on any Saturday morning watching cartoons eating Cheerios from the box.

Christy Reams

February 1, 2019

My father was a quiet man that loved his family and would do anything for anyone. One of the common memories is that when he would be sleeping on the couch anytime of the day, my sister and I would try to take the remote from his hand to change the channel and he would say that he his watching that without opening his eyes, even though he would be snoring like a buzzing chainsaw. I really miss that about him!!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Arthur Clyde Reams Jr. was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

      Arthur was born on December 9, 1952 at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, WA. His parents were Arthur Sr and Betty Lou. Arthur was raised in Spokane, Pullman. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.

      Growing up in the Reams household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Arthur was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and he was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Arthur was raised with 1. He had one elder brother, Rick. Arthur was constantly involved in activities with his brothers and sisters. Arthur and his siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Arthur was always consistently loyal to his family.

      While his teachers and even his friends generally thought of Arthur as being a serious person, he managed to have a pretty good time in high school as he made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He graduated from Pallouse High School in 1972. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Arthur was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using his exceptional memory, he was able to learn much through observation. Arthur always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though he could easily master any problem that might be presented to him.

      Always considered to be a solid friend, Arthur was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during his life. Since he disliked making generalizations about people and preferred to draw his own conclusions based on direct observation, Arthur was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew him. He was committed to his friends and valued the trust he placed in them. It was not uncommon for Arthur to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought him out for advice because he had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. While growing up, some of his best friends were Dale. Later in life, he became friends with Keith Brewer, Kevin LaSalle, many guys from the USPS and many more throughout Spokane.

       Compassionate and devoted to Darla, Arthur held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. He took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total commitment. He was a source of strength to Darla and using his gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, he worked hard to make his new family happy.

      Arthur brought the same traditional values in his marriage to bear on how he raised his children. He was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in his dealings. He would always listen carefully and think things through before he acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Arthur was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Arthur was blessed with two children, two daughters, Christy and Stephanie. They were also blessed with four grandchildren, Danielle and Padraic, Bryan and Alyssa.

      Arthur greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who expected the same in return from his co-workers. He was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Arthur enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Arthur was excellent at meeting deadlines. He was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. His primary occupation was Mail Clerk. He was employed for 32 years with the United States Postal Office. Arthur worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Arthur was an Army Veteran. He was in the Army from ? To 1985 and had been stationed over in Germany and was at Fort Lewis, WA. A literal thinker who possessed a calm exterior, Arthur seemed to enjoy the routines set forth by the military. His results-oriented approach to things made him committed to the job, and he understood well his role in serving his country.

      Arthur liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into his hobbies, where he was very methodical in how he organized his activities and categorized things. Since he enjoyed his private time, Arthur always tried to allocate a specific time for working on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were doing anything with computers. Sudoku puzzles, watching television shows. Arthur was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Arthur found pleasure in sports. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions throughout life, he could appreciate that athletes made those types of decisions in sports. He applauded those who won, and he enjoyed the statistical data and sports facts and could find himself wrapped up in those details. He would watch his favorite sporting events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were football and golf.

      Many organizations were grateful to have Arthur as a member, since he always brought with him a “stick to it” attitude and a high degree of common sense. Using straightforward methods to successfully complete the job, Arthur was a great planner who was incredibly well organized. It seemed that he was able to schedule any event or activity with ease. He always seemed to know exactly what needed to be done. Throughout his later years, Arthur was an active member of the church Mountain View Assembly of God.

      Arthur was a man who was dedicated and devoted to his faith. He was a member at Mountain View Assembly of God. He was a sympathetic man who valued his beliefs and was willing to work tirelessly for them.

      Arthur sought out practical solutions, not individual recognition. He was always grounded and objective, feeling a strong sense of responsibility for taking care of what needed to be done. This selfless attitude earned Arthur many accolades for his efforts and achievements. Some of his most prestigious awards included various awards for "no sick leave" for the USPS.

      Arthur enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. Since he was an early starter and had a knack for planning everything, traveling with Arthur appeared effortless. He enjoyed researching all of his examined options and applying cost-effective planning techniques. Plus, no matter where he traveled, Arthur always had a back up plan at the ready, just in case. Favorite vacations included visiting Entiat and Omak.

      Arthur was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Arthur’s favorites was Chico, a Chihuahua. They were best friends for 10 years. His family was rounded out by his two other Chihuahuas, Peanut and Lady Bug. Two other dogs, Corky The Ninja and Serious.

      When Arthur’s retirement finally arrived in Sept of 2013, he was well prepared. He always trusted and placed value in what was logical and in the things he knew, so he was very confident in planning his retirement. He had begun the process early and had his retirement all laid out well in advance. His new life involved relocating to Spokane, WA. In retirement, he found new pleasure in nothing new since his Stroke in Dec of 2013. Even in retirement, Arthur continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in his new community and felt fulfilled.

      Arthur Clyde Reams Jr. passed away on January 29, 2019 at Hospice House in Spokane, WA. He is survived by his children Christy (Tina Fields) and Stephanie (Steve). Services were held at Mountain View Assembly of God. Arthur was laid to rest in Fairmont Cemetery in Spokane, WA.

      Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Arthur Clyde Reams Jr. he was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.