Robert “Bob” Reifschneider died Oct. 6 at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in Grass Valley due to complications from a fall and broken hip that occurred on Oct. 5. He was 82.
There will be a service at a later date.
He was born April 21, 1928, in Bayard, Neb., to Carl and Katherine Reifschneider.
Bob graduated from Bayard High School in 1946, where he lettered in football and excelled in math. In 1953, he joined the National Guard and received high marks during training in marksmanship, radar and air defense school. He married Ruth Davis Langston on Aug. 2, 1958.
They started their married life in Texas while Bob was stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. The family soon moved to California, where Bob worked for IBM, Pac Bell and as a maintenance director for the Redwood Baptist Camp and Boysville Optimist Camp.
In 1972, they moved to Grass Valley after Bob was offered a job at North Star Christian Academy. During their years in Grass Valley, Bob worked for Ed Benton Construction, Wood Electric and B&C (Builders and Consumers).
In semi-retirement, Bob worked for Lassila Funeral Chapel in Auburn, Calif., where his friendly and compassionate nature comforted grieving families.
During retirement, he enjoyed watching sports, dancing, tinkering in his shop and feeding his birds.
Bob was a regular at Empire Grange ballroom dances, a greeter and usher at Abundant Life Community Church and participated in their yearly presentation called Road to Bethlehem. He regularly attended Christian Business Men’s Club breakfast and was an annual volunteer for Christian Team Ministries Gold Country Marathon.
Bob was a devoted husband, father, brother and friend. He loved God, America and especially doting on his grandsons.
He is survived by children, Richard Langston, Joyce Langston Dutton, Kathryn Reifschneider Allstot; grandchildren, Pete Dailey, David Dutton, Matthew Dutton, Jeremy Langston, Gabe Langston, Ryan Allstot and Sean Allstot; great-grandchildren, Kellen Dutton, Owen Dutton and Jameson Allstot; and siblings, Jake Reifschneider and Leona Reifschneider Green.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Ruth; and daughter, Patty.
Memorial contributions may be made to Livingwell Medical Clinic and Abundant Life Community Church.
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