Arnold “Arnie” Alfred Reeder, Jr.
Date Of Birth: 05/15/1943
Date of Death: 10/16/2022
Arnold “Arnie” Alfred Reeder, Jr., 79, of Portland, Ore., passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center Oct. 16, 2022.
Arnie lived his early life on the North Oregon coast (Barview/Garibaldi) with his parents Arnold and Dorothy Reeder, and older sister Gloria, where they operated a small family restaurant. He always spoke of his moms amazing clam chowder (good even when cold!), and loved to explore the tidepools with his Chesapeake Bay retriever, Becky (who saved him from drowning more than once!).
The family moved to Madras, Ore. for mill work, and Arnie graduated from Madras High School in 1962. While there he competed in basketball, track, and football.
Arnie served in the Navy from 1966-1969 where he received training to become an Electrical Technician. He served over three years at sea on the USS Canberra during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged with several awards and medals.
Arnie married Lucille in 1973, and they had their only daughter Wendy in 1978. That same year they moved just west of Portland, Ore., where Arnie primarily resided for the remainder of his life.
Arnie worked his at Bonneville Power Administration as an Electrical Technician, and was able to successfully retire early at the age of 55. He made many good friends through these years (some more like family), who remember his great humor and infectious laugh. He climbed huge transmission line towers, always hilariously saluting them when driving past.
Arnie enjoyed his retirement to the fullest! His parents retired to Bay City near where he grew up, and he continued to enjoy everything the coast brings. He made a lifelong dream trip to Alaska, owned and piloted a huge sail boat up the West coast, and continued to enjoy the Oregon coast to its fullest for decades. He loved to generously host fishing, crabbing, and clamming weekends with friends and family. Arnie also really enjoyed deer and elk hunting, even going for the final time with his grand nephew and great friends only a few years ago.
He loved nature, including feeding and identifying birds. As a kid he even raised pet ducks, pigeons, and a rooster from hand. He also had many beloved dogs and cats over the years. He was a bowling champion, and loved to go to the movies and watch football and most sports. He had a large garden for many years, went camping, hosted volleyball and poker parties, loved cooking and good food, and was the general the life of the party!
He also really loved, and was so proud of his only daughter, Wendy, and her husband Matthew, who was like a son. His only grandchild, Luna, brought him endless joy. They loved to talk, or just laugh watching cartoons together.
Arnie was predeceased by his parents, Arnold and Dorothy Reeder. He is survived by his only daughter, Wendy Reeder Bonfield, her husband, Matthew; his granddaughter, Luna; sister, Gloria Reeder; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
There will be a viewing and visitation at Springer & Son from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM on Thursday, November 3, 2022, followed by a committal service at Willamette National Cemetery with military honors at 1:00 PM.
Gifts in lieu of flowers may be made in Arnie’s memory to Doernbecher’s Children’s Hospital.