PILOT ROCK - Ronald R. Reeser, 74, of Pilot Rock died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, at his home. Services are scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20 at the Pilot Rock Baptist Church.
Mr. Reeser was born Jan. 20, 1934, in Albany to William and Emma Schrock Reeser, the youngest of twelve children. As a child he attended a one-room rural school. He enjoyed playing football for Albany High School.
In 1955 he married Ida Griffith, and they had six daughters. He spent many years farming in the Willamette Valley, the Columbia Basin in Washington, and finally in Pilot Rock. In 1987 he was married to Beverly Krosting; she brought four children to the family.
He is best remembered as an eternal optimist who loved to meet people and tell jokes. He had a life-long passion for sports, especially football, and in his earlier years loved to hunt. He was a great fan of the state basketball tournament held in Pendleton, and served as a team host for more than 20 years. Playing cards with his friends brought much enjoyment. He loved watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren play, and held family in high esteem.
Mr. Reeser is survived by daughters Roberta Arstein, Renae Gratton, Rita Owens, Rhonda Kyger, Roslyn Stelk and Remi Fairhurst; stepchildren Lynnda Eyre, Craig Krosting and Janalee Whitten; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by stepson David Krosting.
Memorial contributions may be made to Western Mennonite High School in Salem, or the Pilot Rock High School Athletic Department.
Arrangements entrusted to Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom-Bishop of Pendleton.