April 30, 1955 — Dec 1, 2018
John Reichert was called to referee in heaven on Dec. 1, 2018.
Born to Roy and Mary Reichert (Wolcott), he was a lifelong resident of Longview-Kelso. John attended elementary through high school in Castle Rock, where he was an exceptional athlete in football, basketball, and track. He was Washington State Champion in hurdles in his senior year.
John attended Central Washington University as a student-athlete on the football team graduating in 1977 with a degree in business.
He joined his father at Reichert’s Meats, the family business, intending to be there only six months. This choice turned into a 40-year career that he excelled in and loved.
John married the love of his life, Terri in 1989. They were happily married for almost 30 years. They have two beautiful daughters, Emily and Katie with whom they shared many laughs and memories as a family. Together they enjoyed competing athletically, camping, and traveling. John also enjoyed bird hunting and trap shooting with his favorite dog, Lucy.
John loved his girls unconditionally, he always attended their events, whether he was coaching or cheering from the stands. He was most proud of Katie’s four trips to NCAA track nationals and Emily’s real estate investments.
John and Terri, purchased Reichert’s Meats in the early 90’s. Together they expanded the business into NW Foodservice, which employs 25 people who John considered his extended family.
John was committed to family, people, church, and his local community. These were expressed through his participation in many community and athletic activities. John was a member of the Kelso Downtown Quarterbacks, Kelso Recreation Council, and served on the board of Kelso Girls Softball Association. He was instrumental in the renovation of the girls softball complex, now known as Heerensperger Field.
John never lost his enthusiasm for athletics. For over 40 years he officiated high school football and basketball. He competed in slow pitch softball, as well as city league basketball. In softball, he played in many state and national tournaments. His coaching of girls softball and KYB basketball developed champions, on and off the field.
John was an active member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. His love of Jesus lead him to join the choir. John was a kind, generous, and patient man whose love for God, friends, and especially his family was demonstrated throughout his life. He was loved by all who knew him and will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife Terri Reichert (McVey); daughters Emily Niebuhr (Brad) and Katie Reichert; sisters Vickie Rowlett (Johnny), Karen Lyle (Rob), and his twin sister Jahn Reichert (Dennis); 11 nieces and nephews; and 28 great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and nephew Sam Rowlett.
A celebration of John’s life is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Community Church in Longview. The family requests you honor John by wearing something that represents how you were connected to him or a shirt from your favorite sports team.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the John Reichert Athletic Scholarship Fund at https://www.gofundme.com/john-reichert-athletic-scholarship-fund.