Gene passed away at home with his family by his side on July 24, 2014. Gene was always there to take care of his family so it was an honor for his family to be there and take care of him.
Gene was born in Gladstone, North Dakota. He moved to Montana with his family as a child during the depression. His family homesteaded the farm that Gene and Eleanor still own today.
During his early years, Gene played drums in a band with his brothers. Gene was an incredibly hard worker, perfectionist, talented carpenter and mechanic. He had a dairy, milking cows morning and night, while doing custom combining, farming and running cattle; and working at Great Western Sugar. Gene began work at the factory at age 17 and retired in 1997.
One of his favorite mottos was: “If a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing right” and he lived his life by those words. His cattle and farm were of great pride to him and his place shows it. Gene was also an honorable man of his word. Even in this “crazy world today” (as Gene called it) a handshake was good enough for him.
Gene met the love of his life, Eleanor Gabel, at a dance in Laurel. They were inseparable. Gene and Eleanor were married November 27, 1953 and from this union three children were born, Donald, Leslie and Karen.
Gene is preceded in death by his parents, Frank J. Reichert and Eva Mary (Roll), brothers, Frank, Carl, David and Gabe and sisters, Christina, Gloria, and Julie. Gene is survived by his wife of 60 years, Eleanor, his sons, Donald (Barbara), Leslie (Nancy) and daughter, Karen Geck (Darrin). Grandchildren, Michael Reichert (Julie), Renae Waddell (Jared), Courtney and Brandon Geck. Great Grandchildren, Tucker and Isabel Reichert and Jayden Waddell. He is survived by two sisters, Loretta (Ray) Bosch and Eva (Ernie) Eddy and numerous nieces and nephews. He will be deeply missed by his farming companions, Lassie and Dutchess.
Rosary will be Sunday, July 27 at 7:00 p.m. at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Services will be Monday, July 28 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. Burial will be at the Huntley Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Worden Volunteer Fire Department.