Robert Archibald Reid passed peacefully to his heavenly home on Saturday, November 5, 2022.
Robert, better known to his family and friends as "Bob" or "Bobby", was born on October 19, 1933 to Archie and Gretchen (Weissinger) Reid. He married Beverly J. Moe on July 31, 1954. They enjoyed 60 years of marriage, enhanced by their strong faith in God, loving family and many friends.
Bob attended Rochester Senior High School, where he had a successful sports career on the tennis and hockey teams. The tennis team was the Minnesota High School State Champions in 1950 and 1951, and Bob was the runner-up in the State Singles Championship in 1951. After graduating in 1951, Bob attended the University of Minnesota from 1952-1954. He took a short break from his studies, when Uncle Sam called and he served 2 years in the Army at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Upon completing his service, he returned to college at Hamline University to study and play tennis and graduated in 1958. He and Bev then moved to Rochester, where he worked at IBM for 32 years, until his retirement in 1990.
Always ready to lend a helping hand, Bob was involved in many volunteer organizations, including Junior Achievement, Elton Hills PTA, the United Way and serving as President of Rochester Family Services (Meals on Wheels). His love of sports inspired him to serve as President of the Rochester Water Ski Club for 2 years and coach Rochester Youth Hockey. An avid outdoorsman, he was an active member of Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, NW Turkey Federation, and the Minnesota Trout Association. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking and traveling. Bob especially enjoyed his many fishing trips to Canada with his wife. Family and his grandchildren meant the world to him, and he was a regular attendee and supporter of all of their activities. He will be remembered as a great husband, a wonderful father, a loving grandfather and an exceptional friend. Bob will be deeply missed, but we know that he is happily reunited in heaven with his one true love, Bev.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife Beverly Reid. Survivors include his two daughters, Sandra Jahnke of Rochester, MN and Elizabeth (Roy) Emmons of Eagan, MN; four grandchildren, TJ and Dustin Jahnke and Alexandra and Reid Emmons; and his sister Bette Panushka of St. Paul, MN.
Memorial services will be held at 11:30a.m. on Friday, November 18, 2022 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (1212 12th Ave NW, Rochester, MN). Visitation will be one hour prior to the service, Friday at the church. Burial of his cremated remains will be at Oakwood Cemetery with Military Honors.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes is honored to be serving the Reid family; to share a special memory or condolence, please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com.
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My earliest memories are of Bob and my dad. When Bob retired he would stop at my dad's shop to talk ducks and dogs, I always knew if he was around I was in for a laugh. When my parents talk about their lives, Bob and Bev will consistently be part of the story. They are very to lucky to have had Bob and Bev as life long friends.
BOB REID A GOOD IBMR AND FRIEND--BOB ALWAYS HAD A SMILE AND A GOOD WORD TO SHARE. MAY GOD REST HIS SOUL. MY SYMPATHY TO BOS FAMILY AND FRIENDS. BOB MADE ADIFFERENCE AND WILL BE MISSED BOB ADAMS--IBM FRIEND
Bob Reid truly had an infectious laugh and a core of character. Both combined to produce a memorable man. Memories are hazy...but black labs, Gillespie's, and a "voice of reason" at IBM stand out. Truly a classy guy.
God bless. Sue and Arlen Bowen
I had the privilege of working with Bob for several years. He was a wonderful and caring man, as well as a respected manager at IBM. Mike and I were just talking about the time Bob took us around Lake Zumbro to show us his favorite fishing spots. Condolences to your entire family.
Shirley and Mike Stender
We extend our deepest condolences to the Reid family on the passing of an incredible man. I got to know Bob through my professional career working with Bev (mini Mom) at Mayo and through Gloria Dei. Bob was an absolute champion in all categories. His smile would light up the room, his kindness made everyone around him feel better and his friendship he extended will last with us forever. God Bless the family of Bob.
Jeff and Cindy Wills
Our deepest and most sincere condolences on Grandpa Bob's passing. We wish your family lots of love, strength, and comfort during this tremendously difficult time.
Brady & Amanda Block