Ambrose "Joe" Reichlin
October 6, 1943 – November 13, 2018
Ambrose Joseph “Joe” Reichlin passed away on November 13, 2018 in Wilbur, Washington. Born in Cottonwood, ID on October 6, 1943, to Franz and Agnes Reichlin, Joe spent his childhood on the family farm outside Keuterville, ID, the eighth of ten children. He joined the Marine Corps in 1961 and served in the US and Far East. After his discharge, Joe moved to Colville, WA to farm with his uncle. It was there that he married his first wife, and his children were born. Joe was hired by the United States Bureau of Reclamation in 1969, and began his career as an Operations trainee. Over the next twenty-five years, he worked at the Grand Coulee Dam as an Operator and Supervisor. An Almira resident for over forty years, Joe raised his family in the community, where he served as a 4H advisor. He enjoyed water-skiing, as well as engineering and mechanics. He is survived by sons Bill and Frank (Carolina), daughter Karen and grandchildren: Sierra, Jennifer, Brooklyn, Josephine and Cooper; as well as his wife, Kathy, and her sons Luke and Mat and step-grandchildren: Koy, Kassie & Kaden. A Rosary will be held at 12:00 Noon, on November 24, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Wilbur, Washington followed by a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will take place in the Almira Cemetery following the services. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.stratefuneralhome.com for the Reichlin family. STRATE FUNERAL HOME, Wilbur, WA. is serving the family.
- Rosary Saturday, November 24, 2018
- Funeral Mass Saturday, November 24, 2018
Ambrose "Joe" Reichlin
November 23, 2018
It was such a lot of FUN growing up with this guy! No day was ordinary. Every day was something new and exciting. I think he must have pushed the limits of daring and perhaps had a bit too much fun sometimes. And yet, we all survived well into adulthood! He was probably the most personable person I knew. I believe others found him to be remarkable as well. Everyone who knew him remembers him, and if all of them didn't love him, none of them disliked him. He was popular as a teenager and was "so cute," according to the girls in school. He never seemed to become too old or too tired. I'm having a devil of a time accepting that his soul has gone on ahead to build more "mansions" for those of us who remain. I'm going to cling to my cherished memories of his genuine and forthright personality. This world is surely a better place for his life. We all thank you, "Papa Joe," for the gift that you have been.
November 21, 2018
Uncle Ambrose was one of a kind. I have great memories of him and his sense of humor. He was one of those guys that liked to tease and kid around. I loved his laugh and how he was with us as kids. Although he reminded me many times that when I was a baby, he was tasked with taking care of me while my mom and dad were away - I believe only for a short period of time - but that I cried, and cried, and cried and he couldn't get me to stop. He was relieved when they walked through the door and handed me back to them like a hot potato! It's a wonder he ever had time for me after that with the grief I gave him as a tiny baby. But like many things about Uncle Ambrose, he took it in stride and found the humor in it all. He will be missed!
November 17, 2018
I remember when I was in the 9th grade at Ephrata High School. There were no electives available so I was put into FFA. I bought a pig. Uncle Ambrose allowed me to keep “blacky” out at his place. He took care of him for me. I got bacon from it.....Love you uncle Ambrose