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Major Donald R. Reid Sr., 'Doc,' 92

| June 30, 2010 4:21 AM

Surrounded by family members and his beloved dog Biskit, Major Donald R. Reid Sr., “Doc,” passed away at the age of 92 on Friday, June 25, 2010, at home in Post Falls.

Born Sept. 14, 1917, in Sidney, Mont., Donald was raised in Vale, Ore., by his parents Scott and Ethel (Van Kleeck) Reid.

In 1933 at the age of 16, he enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corps, after which he returned to Vale High School for his diploma in 1937. After receiving his diploma, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, from which he retired to Coeur d’Alene after 28 years of service.

Major Reid served our nation in the 11th Engineer (Combat) Battalionin during World War II, the Korean Conflict and in Vietnam as well as many other posts in the U.S. and overseas. His specialty was motor pool and logistics at which he excelled at all he did.

In 1961, he was sent to the Command and General Staff School. Following this he was assigned to the Joint U.S. Military Aid Group, Greece as Logistical Management Officer. For his meritorious and exceptional service in this post, he was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal. 

After his military retirement, Donald made many friends as manager of the Sunset Heights Mall branch of the First Security Bank in Coeur d’Alene. He was an avid bridge player and loved to play golf for about 10 years and made many friends.

Donald had a twinkle in his eye that told you he had your back. That twinkle will be missed. Donald was a committed husband and father, and a steadfast friend. He was known for his wit, intelligence and self-discipline, wit and sense of humor. Donald had a caring heart and strong values and morals. He was gifted at seeing what needed to be done and making sure it got accomplished.

He is survived by his sons, Donald Reid (Lee Ann) living in Hayden, Michael Reid (Dana) living in Boise, and daughters Dianne Keener (John) living in Post Falls and Janet Hobbs (Joel) living in Burley.

Donald has 15 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Donald had a twinkle in his eye that told you he had your back. That twinkle will be missed.

Donald was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Annie Lee Carraway, as well as his parents, Scott and Ethel Reid; his brothers, Joseph Edward Reid and Robert Edward George Reid, and his sister Dorothy Jean Rickhoff.

At his request, there will be no funeral service. Family and friends will observe internment at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 3, 2010, at Coeur d’Alene Memorial Gardens.

English Funeral Chapel, Post Falls, was entrusted with the final arrangements.

Please sign Donald’s guest registry and view his online memorial at www.englishfuneralchapel.com.

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