RICHARD DALE REID, 75, of Ester, Alaska, died September 19, 2021, at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dale and Inez Reid, his brother Gene “Shorty” Reid, and nephew Cody Reid. Survivors include his sister, Joyce Reid of Lenoir, North Carolina, brothers Stanley and Jeffrey (Angel), both also of Lenoir, and brother Danny (Elizabeth) of Durham, NC, as well as six nephews and nieces, seven grandnephews and grandnieces, and many cousins and friends across the country.
He was born August 29, 1946 in Granite Falls, N.C., and graduated from Oak Hill High School in 1964. A decorated veteran of the U.S. Navy, he served with the Seebees (Naval Construction Battalions) in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. After his military service, he settled in Alaska and participated in the building of the Alaska Pipeline Haul Road and many other construction projects across the entire state during a long career as a heavy equipment operator, supervisor, and project manager.
Richard greatly enjoyed the outdoors and was an enthusiastic hunter, fisherman, birder, and nature photographer. He spent much time bicycling, motorcycling, skiing, and boating. In his later years he kept bees and sent the honey to friends and relatives around the country. He was exceptionally fond of dogs and owned many well-trained ones over the years. His very favorite days were those spent hunting grouse and cranberry picking with his dog in the north woods at the height of the fall colors. He was a wonderful, intelligent conversationalist and a thoughtful and patient brother, cousin, and friend.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. The family asks that instead of flowers that memorial gifts in Richard's memory be made to the Alaska Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fund or AMOREM (formerly Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care).
Arrangements were entrusted to Blanchard Family Funeral Home.
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