William Harold Reichstein

William Harold Reichstein

William Harold "Rick" Reichstein

William Harold Rick Reichstein, son of Charles F. and Myrtle Reichstein, was born in Grants Pass, Oregon on November 3, 1904. He passed away in Shoreline, Washington on May 12, 2007. He was 102 years old.

He grew up in the Medford area and attended Medford Senior High School where he was a member of the high school band and a starting guard on the 1924 Medford High School Tigers State Championship basketball team. With the team, he played in the National Prep. Tournament in Chicago, and the 1924 yearbook indicated that he was a standout at both ends of the court. After graduating from high school, Rick attended the University of Oregon on a basketball scholarship, but was forced to drop his studies when he developed a ruptured appendix. Although disappointed about leaving the University of Oregon, he joined his father in starting the Medford Fuel Company, and built it into a successful business serving the Rogue Valley for over 50 years. He remained a staunch supporter of the University of Oregon and followed all the sporting events right up to his death. In 1929, he married his high school sweetheart, Ruth Newman, and they enjoyed a happy life together until her death in 1983.

Rick touched many lives with his generosity and friendliness. He was an enthusiastic member of the Medford Elks for over 80 years and enjoyed meeting with his many friends for lunch and social events. His interests also included hunting, fishing, and he often played the piano although he never had taken a lesson. In 2005, at age 100, Rick reluctantly moved to the Seattle area to be near his family.

He is survived by his daughter, Suzanne Schepp of Edmonds, Washington; grandsons, Bruce Keaton of Snohomish, Washington, his wife, Carri and their three children, Monica, Erica, and Alexander; David Keaton of Centralia, Washington, his wife, Nancy and son Joshua; Daniel Keaton of Seattle, his wife Tricia and their three children, Bridget, Sarah and Joseph; and Brian Keaton of Seattle, his wife, Julie and their two sons, Stewart and Austin.

Rick will be buried at Siskiyou Memorial Park and, at his request, there will be no service. The family will welcome Rick's friends for a celebration of his life at the Rogue Valley Country Club on May 24th at 1:00 p.m. We will miss him always, but want to celebrate the joys and blessings of having him in our lives.

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