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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
William D Reichel
February 22, 1962 - August 12, 2019

Place of Birth: Hamilton, MT
Residence: Richey, MT formerly Libby, MT
Age: 57

William (Bill) Douglas Reichel passed away peacefully on August 12th, 2019 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Bill was born on February 22, 1962 in Hamilton, Montana to William A Reichel and Gerry Harms. He attended grade school in Hamilton, MT. Bill didn’t finish high school but chose to go to job corps in Anaconda, MT, where he finished with a trade in carpentry.

Bill loved to work, he worked a variety of jobs in the construction industry around the Pacific northwest. Bill had many favorite jobs, but his favorite job was working around his house in Libby with his kids and wife; even when his kids weren't always up to it. If you ever needed a hand doing anything Bill would be there to help.

Bill also loved to be in the outdoors. He loved to go camping at Horseshoe lake and Seeley lake. His favorite hiking spot was up to Black Eagle Rock on the river road. If you were driving through Libby you would always see him riding his bike around town with his dog snickers by his side.

Bill will be remembered as an avid fishermen around the Libby area; it didn't matter what time of the day or what the weather was like, he would be out there fishing on the Kootenai river. He had many buddies that he would bring out on the river; his favorites were his dog snickers and his son Will.

Bill was preceded in death by his grandparents and brother Starr Truscott; sister Twila Reichel; stepsister, Julie Gossack; special brother, Tony Carpita; father-in-law Pete Nelson; uncle Bernie Reichel and his favorite dog snickers.

Survivors include his father, William A. Reichel, Libby; mother, Gerry Harms, Hamilton, MT; wife Kasey Nelson Reichel, Richey, MT; son, William R. Reichel (Devon), Libby, MT; daughters, Rhiannon Reichel, Richey, MT; Vanessa Reichel (Collin) Williston, ND; Keri Street (Ray), Puyallup, WA; Korie Reichel, Kalispell, MT; sister, Debbie Reichel, Lolo, MT; sister, Tina Truscott, Anaconda, MT; stepbrother, Michael Locker, Marsing, ID; stepsister, Kim Rivers, Butte, MT ; stepsister, Jenny Rammell, Clinton, MT; stepsister Fawn Bowles, Bigfork, MT; Mother-in-law Sandra Nelson, Libby, MT; Brother-in-law JD (Tammie) Nelson, Billings, MT; his favorite grandson Reese Holder, and his four loving granddaughters Reagan, Rowan, Olivia and Abigail.

There will be a memorial in Libby to come.

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Tina Truscott Ravndal (Anaconda, MT)
Aug 16, 2019
Dear big brother,
We experienced the typical sibling rights of passage, with you being the big brother and I the tag along pest.
I remember playing in the sand box at the base of the cottonwood tree while you enjoyed time out of reach in your tree house. Water snake hunting at the river. Floating the river on inner tubes and getting a ride home by a police officer...Mom (who was justice of the peace) wasn't too happy. When you "accidentally" pushed me into the irrigation ditch and I had to cross Hwy 93 covered in mud. I blamed it on Fancy the dog just like you said so you wouldn't "or else" me. Mom wasn't happy that time either- interrupting her visit with a friend to wash the mud from my long thick braids probably had something to do with it. Thanks for teaching me to stay calm in confined spaces...trapping me in the bottom of a sleeping bag and reminding me that my screams were depleting my oxygen supply...survival tips. I'm grateful to have aided you in learning your boy Scout knots by being goat tied and left under the sprinkler... I learned to get out of many a predicament thanks to your tutelage??
The many fishing expeditions together ( if I didn't go either did you so you had little choice but to bring me along). Catching that gopher on the fishing pole tops all fishing stories to date!!
Watching you walk out on the grandstand beams to capture pigeons to raise as homing pigeons...it took Mom awhile to realize the danger you put yourself in that time...wasn't uncle Craig a major influencer on that one!
There are many more but my mind is a little fuddled right now. I cherish those memories. Some things we did were dangerous and foolish, but we were kids and you took good care of me. You were protective. You stood up to your friends when they accused me of being a liar. You kept me safe when we were home alone and the den started on fire. I don't remember ever feeling truly afraid in your care. You were my strong big brother. I love you! Enjoy fishing and having a coldie with Harold for his birthday.
Until we see each other again!
Love,
Tina
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