Published in Bristol Herald Courier on December 9, 2011
Va. Robert W. Reich, age 80, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at the
Cambridge House. He was born on Jan. 22, 1931, in Brooklyn, N.Y. to the
late Emil and Ethel Reich. He joined the Marine Corp and was stationed
at Camp Le June where he excelled at baseball.
After a honorable discharge, he was drafted by the New York Giants and
sent to Bristol where Bobby was a pitcher for the Bristol Twins, named
the Appalachian League Rookie of the Year in 1950. He coached Bristol
Pony League and Colt League Baseball for several years. He worked at Monroe
Calculating, Taylor T.V. and retired from Columbus Electric.
He was also preceded in death by a brother, Leonard Reich.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Frances B. Reich; a daughter,
Barbara Reich and husband, Dean Vanderhoof; and a son, Steve Reich.
The family would to thank the staff of Wellington Place of Colonial Heights
in Kingsport, Tenn., Cambridge House of Bristol, Tenn. and Amedisys Hospice
of Kingsport for all their loving care during his illness.
The funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011,
in Akard Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jim Smith officiating.
Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Mike Hunsucker, Bo Hunsucker, Tim Hunsucker, Rusty
Baer, Greg Baer, Jerry Cross, Bobby Reich and Eddie Reich. Honorary pallbearers
will be Ricky Baer and Tony Baer.
The family will receive friends from 12 to 1 p.m., Saturday prior to the
service. Memorial may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association, 207 N. Boone
St., Johnson City, TN 37604.
Email condolences may be sent to the family at email@example.com
Akard Funeral Home, 1912 W. State St., Bristol, TN, (423) 989-4800, is
serving the family of Mr. Reich.