Duane John Reichel/Aug. 16, 1933-May 8, 2015

Duane "SamGÇ¥ Reichel was born in Tacoma, August 16, 1933 to John and Beatrice Reichel. He was the middle child with two older sisters Berniece and Betty, a younger brother Cliff, and sister Kay. He spent his childhood living in the Roy/ Lacamas area. He graduated from Eatonville High School in 1951. He was drafted into the army and spent two years at Ft. Richardson, Alaska during the Korean War. He returned and married his wife Norma Walters of 60 years on March 25, 1955, then moved to Eatonville shortly thereafter. As the great dad he was, he instilled a love of base- ball into his children, which he coached for 15 years including several championship teams. He also had a love of gardening, fish- ing, camping, hiking, hunting, and an interest in guns. As an avid motorcyclist, he toured across the western U.S. from Fairbanks to the Grand Can- yon mostly with his wife Norma, including many trips to Yellow- stone National Park. He will be forever remembered as a kind, gentle man who would do any- thing for everyone. He was a very proud member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and valued his Indian ancestry. He was also a member of the Ohop Grange for over 60 years. He was a retiree of the WSDOT. He is survived by his wife Norma; sons Ron, Perry (Deborah), Dave (Bridgit), a daugh- ter Patricia (David); grandchildren Dianna, Andrew, Danielle, John, Megan, Michaela, Alfred, Tyler and; great-grandchildren Baylee, Zivah, Barbara and MacKenzie. His service will be Saturday, May 16 at 10 a.m. at the Eatonville Baptist Church.


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