The Obit For Bob Reich

Robert Reich

Published in Bristol Herald Courier on December 9, 2011

BRISTOL, 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 Akard Funeral Home, 1912 W. State St., Bristol, TN, (423) 989-4800, is serving the family of Mr. Reich.